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Reviewers: Don Mather, Marc Bridle, Ian Lace, Peter Woolf, Colin Clarke


COUNT BASIE

SWING LEGENDS 24 CLASSIC HITS

Nimbus NI 2006
Crotchet
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Honeysuckle RoseSmartyOne O'clock JumpListen My ChildrenJohn's IdeaGood Morning BluesTime OutTopsyI Keep RememberingDon't You Miss Your Baby?GeorgiannaBlues In the DarkSent For You Yesterday and Here You Come TodayEvery TubNow Will You Be GoodSwinging the BluesTexas ShuffleJumpin' at the WoodsideShorty GeorgeHe Blues I Like to HereDo You wanna Jump Children?Panassie StompEvil BluesOh? Lady Be Good

Australian Engineer and Broadcaster Robert Parker make this album from the Stereo recreation of the 78RPM originals. He must be congratulated on doing an excellent job of getting rid of the noise these recordings usually suffer from and making them of listenable quality.

Most of the tracks were recorded in 1937/8 and they play an important part in the evolution of the jazz Big Band. The Basie Band continued until Bill Basie's death in April 1984 and would always have my vote as the No1 Big Band.

Many of the musicians's involved in these sets became leaders in their own right and many had a significant contribution to make towards the development of jazz. Lester Young was just as influential in his day as was John Coltrane many years later. Buck Clayton on Trumpet, Walter Page on Bass and Drummer Joe Jones all helped to shape the style of jazz people played on their respective instruments. Jimmy Rushing created the role of Blues Shouter and of course Bill Basie changed the roll of the Piano in Big Bands.

When I left the RAF in 1956, the Youth Band I played with played many of these arrangements, I liked them then and I still like them now. The great controversy of the time when these were made was as to which of the Tenor Sax styles featured was the best; the Coleman Hawkins inspired Herschel Evans or the lighter sound of new boy Lester Young? Here it for yourself and see what you think!

Don Mather




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