A leading musician of the swing era and an outstanding representative of the big band style, Count Basie was an eminent bandleader and jazz pianist. He led one of the most enduring swing bands of all time; no other musician was ever more committed to stomping, shouting, swinging, jumping and dragging away the blues than Count Basie. In Swingin' the Blues, a distinguished group of Basie alumni including early band stars Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Earle Warren and Claude Williams, and later stars like Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Tate and Joe Williams lend their insights. The film is generously supported by vintage performance footage beginning in the 1930s and master recordings of the greatest Basie sessions.
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Yet another reissue of the Basie-Bennett Roulette album!!! There must be six different discs including this material on the market. This is one of the lesser offerings. Although the material included is very good, this disc does not include the entire 1959 album- it deletes the wonderful "Growing Pains," which Bennett performed accompanied only by the guitar. The extra tracks are all fairly inspired Basie offerings, but do not hail from the origianl album. A dedicated collector will want to track down a complete recording of the "Bennett Sings- Basie Swings" album, but a casual listener will find much to enjoy here.
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