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Count Basie: America's #1 Band: The Columbia Years

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Featuring both Count Basie’s big band and his small group recordings, this 4-CD collection of reissued material includes blues-based jazz that was recorded between 1936 and 1951. Some of the dates have never been authorized for release before, some come from radio broadcast air checks, and many of the recordings appeared on the Vocalion, Columbia and ...

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Count Basie Orchestra: America's #1 Band: The Columbia Years

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The Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra – the Count Basie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra – which one is superior? A more contemporary example would be the fractious communities who favor the Beatles as opposed to the Rolling Stones. Personally, I have always favored the organic feel of the Stones. I give the edge ...