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Album Review

This is the third and thus far final volume in a sampler series picking out some of the highpoints of Count Basie's 1939-42 period on Columbia. Lester Young's departure in December 1940 robbed the orchestra of their top soloist but the band still outswung all of its competitors and the personnel was consistently outstanding. Coleman Hawkins's guest appearance on "9:20 Special" and "Feedin' the Bean" round out this enjoyable set, but when is Columbia going to reissue all of their Count Basie recordings instead of always recycling the same ones?


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 soloist like Benny Goodman. His instrument was his band,...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Easy Listening, Swing, Big Band
  • Released: 1987

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