Count Basie

At the Chatterbox: 1937

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This historic LP features broadcasts by Count Basie's orchestra in Pittsburgh during its first visit to the East Coast. The music is primarily head arrangements and charts borrowed from other bands. Two of the soloists (trumpeter Carl "Tatti" Smith and violinist/guitarist Claude Williams) would eventually be replaced. It is fascinating to hear what this orchestra sounded like at this early stage. Tenor-saxophonist Lester Young and trumpeter Buck Clayton (along with Basie) quickly emerge as the most impressive soloists.