Live in Japan '78

Count Basie / Count Basie Orchestra

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Live in Japan '78 Review

by Scott Yanow

By 1978 the Count Basie Orchestra no longer had trombonist Al Grey and tenor-saxophonist Jimmy Forrest as their stars, but this superb ensemble band was also no longer dependent on famous names. In fact, one does not miss their presence on this superior live performance which features such Basie standbys as "Freckle Face," "All of Me," "Shiny Stockings" and "Jumpin' at the Woodside." Although the soloists were no longer household names, they all fare well, particularly Eric Dixon on tenor and flute.

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