The Real Swing: Count Basie Orchestra
Perhaps the standout number was “Blues in Hosses Flat,” by Foster, which started out roaring, with a hot, fiery solo by Barnhart, but eventually went into as soft and hushed a tone as a 19-piece band could possibly muster ... and it STILL swung.
The band can flat out cook.
Both sets ended with a short burst of the best-known Basie hit, “One O’Clock Jump.” That final blaring of all the brass, building to a crescendo then halting for those three soft, repeated notes on piano “tink .... tink ....tink.” is still exciting to hear. It also makes one wish that William Basie from Red Bank, N.J., was still the one plunking the keyboard.