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Count Basie in Rhythm and Blues RevueCount Basie was one of the important and influential Big Band leaders in the history of jazz. As Albert Murry said in Basie’s autobiography in 1985 “Nowhere else have blues musicians ever been more firmly dedicated to the proposition that "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" than in Kansas City in the early 1930s. What they were playing was, above all else, good-time, honky-tonk, dance-hall music for people to stomp away their troubles, etc. This is the source of the Basie sound”.

During a very long career many great musicians played alongside him and the size of his orchestra varied as styles and economies dictated. On Giants of Jazz Radio we’re playing material Basie recorded in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. During this time he was touring constantly and producing some of best recorded work and worked with greats like Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Rushing and Lester Young. Listen out to shows on Giants of Jazz Radio playing the best in Basie.

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