Count Basie

One Night Stand with Count Basie at the Avadon

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This obscure Joyce LP has seven songs from a late-1946 radio broadcast by Count Basie's big band and three numbers from Basie's 1951 septet. The former finds his orchestra in transition with standbys such as trumpeter Harry Edison and the classic rhythm section joined by several newcomers, most notably Duke Ellington's future tenor star Paul Gonsalves. The septet, with trumpeter Clark Terry and tenor-saxophonist Wardell Gray, is in top form for three jams, making this a rare set worth searching for.