Count Basie, Count Basie 1937-1943

Kevin Whitehead

By Kevin Whitehead

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Count Basie's big band out of Kansas City epitomized the values of the late-'30s swing era, with an unmatched Synchromesh rhythm section, booting riffs from the horns and superior soloists like saxophonist Lester Young, trumpeter Buck Clayton and Basie himself, one of jazz's great minimalists (who could nonetheless also play some mean boogie-woogie and stride piano). Every modern swing band you love is striving to be them.