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Album Review

This album gave the Count Basie Orchestra a rare chance to record an instrumental studio date in the late '60s. Arranger Sammy Nestico made his debut with Basie on this pleasant if unremarkable set of swingers and ballads. Tenors Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Eric Dixon (doubling on flute) are the standouts on this enjoyable session.

Customer Reviews

うたってみやがれ

音楽を志す無数の人がこのCDを聴いたという。ビッグバンドの天下のお手本。でも全員がこんなものをお手本にしちゃいけない。キチガイのドラムやキチガイのサックスを手本にしたらどうなるだろう?考えてみたことありますか
さて、ジャズでこの人の音楽ほど耳に心地いいものはないだろうと思う。特にこのCDは。一度聴けばこの曲をふんふん歌ってみたくなることだろうね

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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