Allegro, 2004, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Swing
O’s Notes: Though Count Basie was born in New Jersey, he spent the majority of his years performing in Kansas City. It was here that he established himself as a premier swing pianist. He was focused on supporting his bands and let his playing accentuate vs. dominate the songs. This allowed band members like Jimmy Rushing (v), Lester Young (sax), Benny Morton (t), Harry “Sweets” Edison (t), DIckie Wells (tb) and Helen Humes (v) to shine. There are 21 songs featured that were recorded in the 1930s. These were Basie’s early years showcasing a foundation in swing. He went on to lead a septet and an orchestra that still persists today without him.