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This recording features performances by Ella Fitgerald with Count Basie's Orchestra and the duo of guitarist Joe Pass and bassist Niels Pedersen, all recorded at the same concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Norman Granz had already released two albums from the same night but wanted to make this music available too. It was a good decision because, despite the album's generic name, Fitzgerald is in good form on her four selections (climaxed by a scat-filled "Flying Home") and the Pass-Pedersen duo is typically miraculous during their renditions of four standards.


Born: 21 August 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 soloist like Benny Goodman. His instrument was his band,...
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