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The Best of Early Basie

Count Basie

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Album Review

Best of Count Basie Live contains a good portion of the live material that the Count Basie Orchestra recorded for Decca Records between 1936 and 1939. At the time, Basie's Orchestra contained such legendary players as Lester Young, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and Buck Clayton. About a third of the live sides the Orchestra recorded for Decca is included on the disc, and although this compilation isn't complete, it offers a good introduction for novice listeners.

Customer Reviews

This is Amazing!

Count Basie was definitley the best of the best as far as Jazz goes!! These songs are all amazing, check out Jumpin' at the woodside (1938 version), it's one of his best!! These songs are some of the best jazz songs i think have been made, so don't wait , if you love jazz, get them right away!!!!!! -Starburst*

The best

Ladies and gentlemen Count Basie!

Count Basie swings it all!!

GO BASIE!!! GO SWING!!!! SWINGIN' THE BLUES!!!

Biography

Born: August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Count Basie was among the most important bandleaders of the swing era. With the exception of a brief period in the early '50s, he led a big band from 1935 until his death almost 50 years later, and the band continued to perform after he died. Basie's orchestra was characterized by a light, swinging rhythm section that he led from the piano, lively ensemble work, and generous soloing. Basie was not a composer like Duke Ellington or an important...
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