Count Basie: The King


The King


Count Basie (piano)


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

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Count Basie (piano), Illinois Jacquet (tenor sax), Emmett Berry (trumpet), J.J. Johnson (trombone),

Joe Newman, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Ed Lewis (trumpets), George Matthews, Ted Donnelly, Eli Robinson (trombones), Jimmy Powell, Preston Love (alto saxes), Buddy Tate (tenor sax), Rudy Rutherford (baritone sax), Freddie Green (guitar), Rodney Richardson (bass), Jo Jones (drums)


Composed by Count Basie


Recorded: New York, February 4, 1946


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

This variation on "Jumpin' at the Woodside" features the Count, Jacquet, Berry and a young J. J. Johnson, who stumbles a bit on his solo. This is Jacquet's show, and he makes the most of it. The band smokes on this track (as well as the other tracks recorded on this date), and the sound quality is fantastic for the period.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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