Fast and Happy Blues

Count Basie

Basie takes the lid off

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From Red Hook, NJ to Kansas City to New York to the world.

Apparently, electronic signals also propagate into space so there may even be beings in other worlds digging this.

One of the things that struck me about this particular performance was what Basie did on the piano. He’s best known for his spare, Zen-like approach to the instrument, but in this clip he lets loose the full force of his stride chops.

Count Basie All Stars: 

Emmett Berry, trumpet
Doc Cheatham, trumpet
Joe Newman, trumpet
Joe Wilder, trumpet
Roy Eldridge, trumpet, flugelhorn
Vic Dickinson, trombone baritone
Benny Morton, trombone baritone
Dicky Wells, trombone baritone
Earl Warren, alto sax
Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax
Ben Webster, tenor sax
Gerry Mulligan, baritone sax
Count Basie, piano
Freddie Green, guitar
Eddie Jones, bass
Jo Jones, drum


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