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Geoffrey Smith celebrates Count Basie's work with his original Orchestra, which first emerged in 1936, with soloists such as Lester Young and a celebrate rhythm section.

In 1936, The Count Basie Band came sweeping out of the West, to amaze America with great soloists such as Lester Young, and the most swinging rhythm section in jazz. In the first of two programmes, Geoffrey Smith celebrates the Basie effect with that original band, followed next week by the Count's famous crew from the 1950s and 60s.

First broadcast in 2012.

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Sun 28 Dec 2014 00:00

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  • Lester Young

    Shoe Shine Boy

    Composer: Cahn/Chaplin Performers: Jones Smith Inc: Count Basie, p; Carl Smith, t; Lester Young, ts; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. October 1936

    • Lester Leaps In.
    • Proper.
    • P1129, CD1, Tr.1.
  • Count Basie

    Roseland Shuffle

    Composer: Basie Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Joe Keyes, Carl Smith, t; George Hunt, Dan Minor, tb; Caughey Roberts, as; Herschel Evans, Lester Young, ts; Jack Washington, as bs; Claude Williams, g Walter Page, b; Fletcher Henderson, arr; Jo Jones, d. January 1937

    • Count Basie and His Orchestra 1937/1939.
    • Jazz Archives.
    • 160652 (1), Tr.3.
  • Count Basie

    One O'Clock Jump

    Composer: Basie Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Bobby Moore, t; George Hunt, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Hershel Evans, ts, cl; Lester Young, ts; Jack Washington, bs, as; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d; Eddie Durham, Buster Smith, arr. July 1937

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Count Basie.
    • Verve.
    • 549 090-2. Tr.2.
  • Count Basie

    John's Idea

    Composer: Durham/Basie Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Bobby Moore, t; George Hunt, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Hershel Evans, ts, cl; Lester Young, ts; Jack Washington, bs, as; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d; Eddie Durham, arr. July 1937

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Count Basie.
    • Verve.
    • 549 090-2. Tr. 3.
  • Count Basie

    Blue and Sentimental

    Composer: Basie/David/Livingston Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Harry Edison, Ed Lewis, t; Eddie Durham, tb, arr; Dan Minor, Benny Morton, tb; Earl Warren, as; Hershel Evans, ts; Lester Young, ts, c; Jack Washington, bs, as; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. June 1938

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Count Basie.
    • Verve.
    • 549 090-2. Tr. 7.
  • Count Basie

    Jumpin' at the Woodside

    Composer: Basie Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Harry Edison, Ed Lewis, t; Dan Minor, Benny Morton, Dicky Wells, tb; Earl Warren, as; Lester Young, Hershel Evans, ts, cl; Jack Washington, bs, as; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. August 1938

    • Ken Burns Jazz: Count Basie.
    • Verve.
    • 549 090-2. Tr.5.
  • Lester Young

    Taxi War Dance

    Composer: Basie/Young Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Shad Collins, Harry Edison, t; Dickie Wells, Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Buddy Tate, Lester Young, ts; Jack Washington, bs; Freddy Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d; March 1939

    • Lester Leaps In.
    • Proper.
    • P1129. CD1, Tr.22.
  • Lester Young

    Cherokee Pts 1 & 2

    Composer: Noble Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Shad Collins, Harry Edison, Ed Lewis t; Dickie Wells, Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Lester Young, Chu Berry, ts; Jack Washington, bs; Freddy Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. February 1939

    • Lester Leaps In.
    • Proper.
    • P1129. Tr. 20.
  • Count Basie

    Song of the Islands

    Composer: King Performers: Count Basie, p; Lester Young , ts; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Shad Collins, t: Dicky Wells, Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Jack Washington as; bs; Buddy Tate, Lester Young, ts; Freddie Green g; Walter Page, b; Joe Jones, d. August 1939

    • Count Basie And His Orchestra.
    • Classics.
    • Classics 533 (1); Tr. 15.
  • Jimmy Rushing

    I left My Baby

    Composer: Basie/Gibson Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p, pipe-organ; Jimmy Rushing, v; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Shad Collins, t; Dicky Wells, Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Jack Washington, as, bs; Buddy Tate, Lester Young, ts; Freddy Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. November 1939

    • Mr. Five By Five.
    • Topaz.
    • TPZ 1019. Tr.18.
  • Count Basie

    That Rhythm Man

    Composer: Razaf/Waller/Brooks Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Shad Collins, Harry Edison, Ed Lewis ,t; Dan Minor, Benny Morton, Dicky Wells, tb; Earl Warren, as; Buddy Tate?, Lester Young, ts; Jack Washington, bs; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d; Jimmy Mundy, arr; December 1939

    • From Spirituals To Swing.
    • Vanguard.
    • 3VCD 169/71-2. D3, Tr. 19.
  • Count Basie

    Blow Top

    Composer: Tab Smith Performers: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Harry Edison, Shad Collins, t; Dicky Wells, Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Tab Smith, ss, as, arr; Elton Hill, arr; Earl Warren, as; Jack Washington, as, bs; Buddy Tate, Lester Young, ts; Freddy Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. May 1940

    • Let’s Go To Pres.
    • Epic.
    • LN 3186, S Tr. 1.
  • Count Basie

    The World is Mad, Parts 1 & 2

    Composer: Basie Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Al Killan, t Dicky Wells, Vic Dickenson, Dan Minor, tb; Tab Smith, ss, as; Earl Warren, as; Jack Washington, as, ba; Buddy Tate, Lester Young, ts; Freddy Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. August 1940

    • Coming Out Party.
    • Naxos.
    • 8.120819. Tr.18.
  • Count Basie

    Avenue C

    Composer: Clayton Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p, dir; Harry Edison, Al Killan, Joe Newman, Ed Lewis, t; Dickie Wells, Ted Donnelly, Eli Robinson, Louis Taylor, tb; Jimmy Powell, Earle Warren, as; Buddy Tate, Lucky Thompson, ts; Rudy Rutherford, cl, bs; Freddy Green, g; Rodney Richardson, b; Shadow Wilson, d. February 1945

    • Count Basie Classics 1945 - 1946.
    • Classics.
    • Classics 934, Tr. 1.

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