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If I Could Be With You

Count Basie

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Helen Humes is featured with Basie’s Septet in 1950

During 1950-51, Count Basie was between big bands, leading an impressive septet.

The group made a series of Snader Telescriptions for television in 1950, including this warm version of “If I Could Be With You.”

Featured is the wonderful singer Helen Humes with backing by a group that includes tenor-saxophonist Wardell Gray, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco and trumpeter Clark Terry.

Personnel:

Count Basie, piano
Helen Humes, vocals
Clark Terry, trumpet
Buddy DeFranco, clarinet
Wardell Gray, tenor
Freddie Green, guitar
Jimmy Lewis, bass
Gus Johnson, drums

-Scott Yanow