Count Basie: Dickie's Dream
Count Basie's Kansas City Seven
The Lester Young Story (Proper Box 8)
Composed by Count Basie & Lester Young.
Recorded: New York, September 5, 1939
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Four days after Nazi Germany invaded Poland to kick off World War II, Count Basie's Kansas City Seven invaded a New York record studio with less earthshaking but still memorable results. After a simple, twice- repeated 8-bar riff, the K.C. 7 casually tosses the ball around like minimalists at a picnic. (Tip: BYO every- thing.) There are genial solos from a cup-muted Clayton, bubbly Wells, light-fingered Basie and, best of all, the saxophonist honored annually on President's Day (third Monday of February). The world at large may've been determinedly hell-bent, but Lester Young kept his cool when all about were losing theirs.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz