Count Basie

William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer.
In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two "split" tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, Thelma Carpenter, and Joe Williams.

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Looking at the World Through Rose Colored GlassesSinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings2:28
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Love Is The Tender TrapSinatra & Basie2:34
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Please Be KindSinatra & Basie2:41
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Pennies From HeavenSinatra & Basie3:27
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I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A LetterSinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings2:32
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[Love Is] The Tender TrapSinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings2:34
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I Won't DanceSinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings4:06
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Hello, Dolly! (from Hello, Dolly!)Sinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings2:42
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My Kind Of GirlSinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings4:33
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Looking At The World Through Rose Colored GlassesSinatra & Basie2:28
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