Count Basie

Giants of the Big Band Era: Count Basie [Acrobat]

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A trimmed version of a Count Basie hits package barely clocking in at LP length, this 12-track CD has some gems, some tunes readily associated with other big bands, and assuredly the high standard of excellent playing you'd expect. The big tunes are "One O'Clock Jump," "April in Paris," "Lester Leaps In," and "Jumpin' at the Woodside," among other standards and favorites of the '40s and '50s. Better, more essential, and larger collections are available, but this one would be worth a try at a budget price.

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