Count Basie: Stay On It

Track

Stay On It

Artist

Count Basie (piano)

CD

America's #1 Band The Columbia Years (Columbia/Legacy C4K 87110)

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Musicians:

Count Basie (piano), Emmett Berry (trumpet), Joe Newman (trumpet), Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet), Ed Lewis (trumpet), J.J. Johnson (trombone), Illinois Jacquet (tenor sax), Buddy Tate (tenor sax), Jack Washington (baritone sax), Freddie Green (guitar), Walter Page (bass), Jo Jones (drums),

George Matthews (trombone), Ted Donnelly (trombone), Eli Robinson (trombone), Rudy Rutherford (alto sax), Preston Love (alto sax)

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Composed by Tadd Dameron

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Recorded: New York, July 31, 1946

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Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

It says quite a bit when ensembles led by Basie and Dizzy Gillespie give equally convincing performances of a particular piece. But Tadd Dameron was a particularly gifted composer. He began his career with Harlan Leonard and his Rockets, and wrote beautiful songs and compositions for Billy Eckstine, Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan ("If You Could See Me Now" is considered a standard) and his own groups. "Stay On It" seems to have been a rehearsal or a test recording; no matrix was ever assigned, and the recording remained buried in the vaults until it was issued in France during the 1970s. Jacquet has the most solo space, but Edison makes a solid contribution as well.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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