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Count Basie - Dueling Tenors and the Great American Rhythm Section (1937 - 1940)

Russell Perry By

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In the eleventh hour of Jazz at 100, we followed Count Basie through the Benny Moten Band in Kansas City and heard his first recordings as a leader. In 1937, after Benny Moten's death, he took the nation by storm with his driving band lead by the "All American Rhythm Section" and the dual tenor saxophones of Herschel Evans and Lester Young.

We are joined in this hour by Robert Jospe—drummer, recording artist, composer and member of the performance faculty of the McIntire School of Music at the University of Virginia.

Playlist

  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra "Blue And Sentimental" from The Original American Decca Recordings (GRP) 3:13
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra "Every Tub" from The Original American Decca Recordings (GRP) 6:23
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra "Doggin' Around" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 9:21
  • Host speaks 12:34
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra "One O'Clock Jump" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 13:18
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra "Georgianna" from The Original American Decca Recordings (GRP) 16:20
  • Host speaks 21:11
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra "Jumpin' At The Woodside" from The Original American Decca Recordings (GRP) 20:54
  • Count Basie's Kansas City Seven "Dickie's Dream" from Swing Time: Vol. 074, Lester Young Vol. 2 (1939-41) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 23:56
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra "Good Morning Blues (1st Take)" from The Original American Decca Recordings (GRP) 27:02
  • Host speaks 30:15
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra "Blow Top" from The Original American Decca Recordings (GRP) 31:30
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra "Jive At Five" from The Original American Decca Recordings (GRP) 34:24
  • Host speaks 37:12
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra "Taxi War Dance" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 42:49
  • Host speaks 45:38
  • Count Basie's Kansas City Seven "Lester Leaps In" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 46:43
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra "Tickle Toe" from Big Band: Vol. 045, Count Basie (1939-40) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 49:56
  • Host speaks 52:34
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra "I Left My Baby" from The Jazz Singers (Smithsonian) 54:41
  • Host speaks 57:51
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