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On this day in jazz (August 05)

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On this day in 1958, Count Basie recorded "Jazz in the Round" with his orchestra. If you are not familiar with the Count, he was primarily known as a jazz pianist and bandleader. Basie formed his jazz orchestra in 1935 and a year later went to Chicago for their first recording. He continued to lead the group for almost 50 years while  innovating the use of two "split" tenor saxophones and placing an emphasis on the rhythm section. Some of the notable musicians who played under his direction were tenor saxophonist Lester Young, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeter Buck Clayton and singer Joe Williams.

Basie's best known songs are "One O'Clock Jump,"  and "April In Paris" (which can be seen in Mel Brooks' irreverent Blazing Saddles movie)

Here's a non-Mel Brooks version of  "April In Paris":

There's also another good jazz scene in Blazing Saddles in which Cleavon Little sings a hilarious version of "I Get A Kick Out of You".  If you look it up on youtube, be warned there is some harsh language in the scene.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 August 2016 13:40  


0 #1 RE: On this day in jazz (August 05)iisaphd 2014-12-30 18:36
Also on this day, Andrew Hill recorded Grass Roots at RVG's studio in Englewood Cliffs, 1968.