Count Basie: The King
Count Basie (piano)
America's #1 Band – The Columbia Years (Columbia/Legacy C4K 87110)
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