¾ Posted November 22, 2003 Share Posted November 22, 2003 This cat could play. In later years, he became the watchful bandleader, sometimes only adding two notes to a song. But those two notes would be the perfect two notes to play. But when I listen to "One O'Clock Jump" or any of his early stuff . . . I sit amazed. Basie crossed over from the early, clunky style of Ragtime playing into a very smooth, very swift and passionate Jazz/Bop/R&B style that would ripple down through Monk, Ellington and Ray Charles as well as Bill Evans and Chick Corea. Count Basie could mop the floor with Ben Folds, and still get back to cue his sax section. Pretty hip guy. I can't get enough of his playing, in any incarnation. the only good signature is the one on a cheque or a confession Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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