The Count Basie Orchestra is a 16 to 18 piece big band, one of the most prominent jazz performing groups of the swing era, founded by Count Basie in 1935 and recording regularly from 1936. Despite a brief disbandment at the beginning of the 1950s, the band survived long past the Big Band era itself and the death of Basie in 1984. It continues as a 'ghost band'.
Possibly inspired by Count Basie's renewed activity at Verve Records in the mid-'50s, Columbia raided its vaults to assemble this thematic album, consisting of a dozen blues cuts dating between 1939 and 1950. The mix of big-band swing and 1950-era small group sides makes this a fascinating document of two phases of Basie's career. The album opens with a bang, with "Tootie," a fast and lean small group track that offers hot solo spots by Basie at the piano, Buddy De Franco on clarinet, tenor man Charlie Rouse, and drummer Gus Johnson.
Joe Williams, Count Basie and his Orchestra - Every Day I Have the Blues 04:41. Frank Sinatra, Count Basie And His Orchestra - More (Theme From Mondo Cane) 03:04. Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie and His Orchestra - Teach Me Tonight 02:53. Joe Williams, Count Basie And His Orchestra - All Right, Ok, You Win 02:48. Billie Holliday, Count Basie and His Orchestra - Someone to Watch Over Me 03:25. Billie Holliday, Count Basie and His Orchestra - Oh! Lady Be Good 03:10. Billie Holliday, Count Basie and His Orchestra - Embraceable You 03:25. Count Basie And His Orchestra - The Blues I Like To Hear 03:09. Count Basie And His Orchestra, Harry Edison - Now Will You Be Good? 02:48.
Count Basie And His Orchestra. Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Count Basie And His Orchestra, Neal Hefti.
Blues By Basie Count Basie. Listen on Apple Music. Bugle Blues (78rpm Version). Count Basie & His All American Rhythm Section & Don Byas. 3. Royal Garden Blues. Count Basie & His All American Rhythm Section. 4. How Long Blues (78rpm Version).
Track A1 recorded November 3, 1950. Track A2 recorded June 24, 1939. Tracks A3, A6, B4 recorded July 24, 1942. Track A4 recorded March 19, 1940. Track A5 recorded November 17, 1941. Track B1 recorded September 24, 1941.