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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 05:35 PM
Was listening to one of his CDs today and really dug it. IMO Basie and Ellington were to of the best band leaders of that era. Any other fans of BAsie and 1930s Jazz

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 05:41 PM
I have a wonderful 3-CD Duke Ellington compilation called THE DUKE: the essential collection 1927-1962.
Great Stuff from the master himself. Jazz doesn't get any better. The Count Basie Orchestra
was equally cool, especially with Jo Jones on the drums.

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 05:58 PM
two I really like are "Duke Ellington meets Count Basie" both bands play on this in studio battle of the bands.
and "Ella and Basie - On the Sunny Side of the Street".

I had the first on SACD and the sound is phenomenal.

The Verve Jazz Masters Vol 2. Is a very good Count Basie Collection to have.

Played Trombone through High School and love Big Bands. My Grandfather played Trombone in Big Bands
back in the day.


 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 06:00 PM
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I have a wonderful 3-CD Duke Ellington compilation called THE DUKE: the essential collection 1927-1962.
Great Stuff from the master himself. Jazz doesn't get any better. The Count Basie Orchestra
was equally cool, especially with Jo Jones on the drums.


Love the scene is Blazing Saddles where the Sheriff rides in his new duds and The Count and his Band
are playing.

Everything is cool!

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 06:03 PM
Love Count Basie and all Big Band music!!! One O'clock Jump!

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 06:21 PM




Oh yeah.....Love early Basie. Back when he was working with John Hammond. Big fan of Lester Young. And the rhythm section...Jo Jones, Freddy Green, Walter Page. And Buck Clayton.

I personally prefer Ellington. Basie kinda' got a little to showy or bebop or something later on. Ellington had his own niche. More classical in a sense. Extremely creative in his compositions. Complex. And the musicians! Harry Carney, Johnny Hodges, Barney Brigard, Jimmy Hamilton, Rex Stewart, Cootie Williams.

All music is a matter of taste. This is my first love.

 
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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 06:25 PM
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I have a wonderful 3-CD Duke Ellington compilation called THE DUKE: the essential collection 1927-1962.
Great Stuff from the master himself. Jazz doesn't get any better. The Count Basie Orchestra
was equally cool, especially with Jo Jones on the drums.


Love the scene is Blazing Saddles where the Sheriff rides in his new duds and The Count and his Band
are playing.

The first guy on sax you see in the movie is Jerry McAlpine, originally from here. Or so he says! He played for many years with Hampton (Lionel--not Bruce!) out of Philadelphia.
He and I became good friends in the last 10 years, since he came back. We could talk to each other about these guys, nobody else in the county had a clue.

Jerry died last year. Albert Simpson of Highly Kind did a eulogy at the service. I believe the audio is posted on his website.

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 06:25 PM
Basie and Ellington were hot. Personally, I prefer mid to late 40s on up, but they both made great music their entire careers.

Check out Ellington at Newport, 58, and The Money Jungle (Duke, Roach, and Mingus)

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 06:56 PM
My uncle had a friend who played with The Count late in his carrer. He used to make the musicians play cards with him till he passed out; he was so afraid of dying in his sleep.
 
 


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