Count Basie

Jazz Fest Masters: Count Basie

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If one judged them by their studio albums of the 1963-70 period, it would seem that Count Basie's orchestra was in its decline, but this recently released live CD proves otherwise. Recorded at the 1969 New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Basie band swings such tunes as "Whirlybird," "Corner Pocket, " "Cherokee" (an Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis feature) and "April in Paris" with enthusiasm and power. A fine session.

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