Friday, 29 August 2008

Count Basie & His Orchestra - Swingin' The Blues

There’s a distinct lack of swing on the blog since I removed the Jazz Greats links, so it’s time to start uploading some more and what better band is there to start with than that of Count Basie? These classic recordings for Decca were cut between July 1937 and February 1939. The band line-up included the twin tenor sax threat of Lester Young and Herschel Evans, and of course the All American Rhythm Section of Freddy Green (guitar), Walter Page (bass), Jo Jones (drums) and the Count himself on piano. There’s a tremendous blues shouting performance by Jimmy Rushing on the classic “Sent For You Yesterday” which is a number I just can’t get out of my head at present.

“Jive at Five” and “Lady Be Good” were recorded on the third of February 1939, just five days before Herschel Evans died of a heart condition. On these tracks Chu Berry deputised for the ailing Herschel. Berry himself was to die in an automobile accident just two years later.

These tracks are ripped from a cassette issued in 1984 by Charly Records.

Ripped at 320 kbps.

Download from here:

http://www82.zippyshare.com/v/9cCIFLS2/file.html

1. Swinging The Blues
2. John's Idea
3. Blue & Sentimental
4. Texas Shuffle
5. Panassie Stomp
6. Sent For You Yesterday
7. You Can Depend On Me
8. Every Tub
9. Jumpin' At The Woodside
10. Time Out
11. Jive At Five
12. Oh Lady Be Good
13. Shorty George
14. Out The Window
15. Topsy
16. Doggin' Around

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you vrey much.
Cheers Paul

Anonymous said...

this is the best blog i have come across!!!!
thanks for all your hard work it has opened my ears to such wonderful music,many thanks!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

One of the first things I do every morning is check your blog for new entries. Thanks for all the great and hard to find music.
BTW the King label blues girls compilation is amazing.

lovelyn said...

I just discovered your blog and it's great. I'm glad I stumbled across it and will continue to check it in the future. Thanks.

Tony said...

So really great.
Gracias very much for this masterpiece of swing :)

xulio said...

Muchas gracias

paul said...

Could we have more Basie please? It' s all great and I would like to hear his wartime stuff which seems to get a bit overlooked. Keep up the good work. Cheers Paul.

Anonymous said...

Could you re-up this please?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing!!