Count Basie

1943-1945

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This interesting CD mostly reissues the V-Discs of Count Basie's Orchestra, performed during a time when the musicians' union strike kept the Basie band off records. Lester Young is heard back with Basie on five numbers from May 27, 1944. Otherwise, the band was much more stable than most swing bands of the war years, making it to December 1944 when it was able to resume its recordings for the Columbia label. There was not much change in the orchestra's swinging style during this era, as can be heard on such enjoyable pieces as "G.I. Stomp," "Yeah Man!," "Circus in Rhythm," two versions of "Taps Miller," and "Old Manuscript."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:04
2 2:15
3 2:43
4 2:38
5 4:15
6 3:38
7 3:41
8
3:19
9 4:05
10 3:00
11 4:30
12 3:21
13 2:55
14 3:17
15 2:35
16 5:08
17 3:23
18 3:08
19 4:56
20 3:25
21 3:52
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