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Columbia Records must have sensed that something was stirring commercially and musically around Count Basie at about this time, for One O'Clock Jump was the third LP reissue of Basie's work in under two years. A superb compilation of Basie sides from his years with Columbia Records, dating between 1942 and 1951, mostly instrumental and all of it extremely inviting, including "These Foolish Things," a slow instrumental ballad with Basie's piano carrying much of the basic tune, and "One O'Clock Jump" in a vastly re-thought small group rendition. This album, like its companion release from the previous year, Blues By Basie, is a real treat for completists, for half the material dates from sessions in 1950-1951, which are effectively "lost" years in most accounts of Basie's career, in between the breakup of his big band and the formation of his "new testament" band in the mid-'50s. They show the man having lost none of his verve or the swing in his work, whether leading a group consisting of a dozen musicians or 30 players. "I Ain't Got Nobody," highlighted by a pounding band sound and a hot Buddy De Franco clarinet solo, is worth the price of an LP release by itself, and the instrumental ballad "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)," from the same session and featuring elegant solo spots by Basie, tenor man Wardell Gray, De Franco, and Clark Terry on trumpet, makes a gorgeous counterpoint. Jimmy Rushing and Harry Nemo handle the pair of vocal numbers here, with Rushing almost stealing "Patience and Fortitude" from the band as a showcase for his work.

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This is a phenominal compilation of, as the recording's title claims, the very best of The Count. Perfect for new jazz enthusiasts and old-school diehards alike.

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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Signature Series: One O'Clock Jump - The Very Best of Count Basie, Count Basie
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Easy Listening, Swing, Big Band
  • Released: Aug 07, 2003

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