Pablo 2310-767 Stereo. Arrangements by Bill Holman. I TOLD YOU SO is a collection of tunes by composer/arranger Bill Holman as performed by Count Basie and his Orchestra. Even though the album was recorded in 1976, toward the end of Basie's career, the energy and level of musicianship is high. Holman's compositions are lively and complex, as the opener, "Tree Frog," with its ever-escalating dialogue between brass and saxophones, aptly demonstrates. Holman's ear for the nuances and deep bluesy feeling of Basie's orchestra rings through in songs like "Flirt," "Blues For Alphy," and "Plain Brown Wrapper," which features a tasty, intertwining piano vs. orchestra lines, with fine solos from saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and trombonist Al Grey. Holman's excellent songwriting and arranging skills combined with the top-drawer elegance and swing of Basie and his boys make this a thoroughly satisfying date. Track List: Tree Frog, Flirt, Blues For Alfy, Something to Live For, Plain Brown Wrapper, Swee'pea, Ticker, Too Close For Comfort, Told You So, Git, The. Album Notes: Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Jimmy Forrest, Eric Dixon, Danny Turner, Bobby Plater, Charlie Fowlkes (saxophone); Sonny Cohn, Pete Minger, Bobby Mitchell, John Thomas, Jack Feierman (trumpet); Al Grey, Curtis Fuller, Mel Wanzo, Bill Hughes (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); John Duke (bass); Butch Miles (drums). Record and cover are vg++.