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Ironically, the earliest recording by Count Basie for Norman Granz's Pablo label was one of the most recent to be released. This jam session features trumpeter Roy Eldridge, trombonist Al Grey and tenor-saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis on a set of jammable standards. The results are quite fun.


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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