Count Basie

1939-1940

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The Count Basie Orchestra continued to grow in strength during the period covered by this CD, with Vic Dickenson replacing Benny Morton in the trombone section, high-note trumpeter Al Killian taking over for Ed Lewis, and Tab Smith being added as an alto soloist. Among the classics recorded by the definitive swing band are "I Never Knew," "Tickle Toe," "Louisiana," "Easy Does It," "Somebody Stole My Gal," "Super Chief," and a remake of "Moten Swing." This set would be well worth acquiring if only for the Lester Young solos, and there is much more to savor including spots for Buck Clayton, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Dicky Wells, Buddy Tate, Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, and Basie himself.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:31
2 2:33
3 2:40
4 2:38
5 2:36
6 2:50
7 2:27
8 3:25
9 2:44
10 2:45
11 2:50
12 2:52
13 2:44
14 3:21
15 3:16
16 2:37
17 2:36
18 2:44
19 2:17
20 2:48
21 2:36
22 2:40
23 2:44
24 2:47
25 2:26
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