Count Basie

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Pianist whose blues-based swing band, the Count Basie Orchestra, emerged from Kansas City in the 1930s to become one of the most important jazz bands of all time. Basie also made a few small-group recordings under the name Kansas City Seven.

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William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By 16 years old, he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924, he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten's band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten's death in 1935.

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 and Joe Williams. Basie's theme songs were "One O'Clock Jump", developed in 1935 in the early days of his band, and later "April in Paris".

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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 The Essential Count Basie, Volume 3 Count Basie 1
1989 Compact Jazz Count Basie 2
1989 The Count Basie Collection Count Basie 1
1989 The Golden Years, Volume 4: 1944-45 Count Basie 2
1989 The Jazz Collector Edition Count Basie 2
1991 1944-1956 Count Basie 2
1991 Basie Boogie Count Basie 1
1991 The Essence of Count Basie Count Basie 1
1991 The Legendary V-Disc and Jubilee Masters Count Basie and his Orchestra 1
1992 The Complete Decca Recordings Count Basie 2
1992 The Indispensable Count Basie Count Basie 1
1992 Basie's Best Count Basie 1
1992 Plays the Blues Count Basie 1
1993 Best Of Basie Vol. 1 Count Basie 1
1993 Count Basie 1945/1948 Count Basie feat. Anita O'Day & the Tadd Dameron Trio 1
1993 Essentiel Jazz: Count Basie, Volume 1 Count Basie 1
1993 Gold Count Basie 1
1993 Jazz Masters 2 - Count Basie Count Basie 1
1993 Swingin' the Blues Count Basie 1
1993 The Golden Years, Volume 1: 1937 Count Basie 1
1993 Verve Jazz Masters 2 Count Basie 1
1994 The Count Basie Gold Collection Count Basie 1
1994 Kings of Swing: The Millennium Anthology Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington & Count Basie 1
1995 Jazz 'Round Midnight Count Basie 1
1995 Jazz & Blues Collection 6: Count Basie Count Basie 1
1996 The Best of Early Basie Count Basie 1
1996 The Unbeatable Basie Beat Count Basie 1
1996 Jazz Greats, Volume 8: Count Basie: Jive at Five Count Basie 1
1996 This Is Jazz 11 Count Basie 1
1997 A Portrait of Count Basie Count Basie 1
1997 Big Band Fever Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey 1
1997 The Gold Collection: 40 Classic Performances Count Basie 1
1998 The Platinum Collection: 40 Great Tracks Count Basie & Tony Bennett 1
1999 Anything Goes Count Basie and Tony Bennett 1
1999 Exposure Count Basie 1
2000 Jazz Collection Count Basie 1
2000 Jazz Masters Count Basie 1
2000 Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Count Basie Count Basie 1
2000 Jazz Piano Masters Jay McShann & Count Basie 1
2000 Jive at Five Count Basie 1
2000 Midnite Jazz & Blues: Famous Jazz Sessions Count Basie 1
2000 Swinging the Blues Count Basie 1
2000 The Big Band Leader Count Basie 1
2000 The Chronological Classics: Count Basie, Volume 1: 1936-1941 Count Basie 1
2001 Best of Count Basie and His Orchestra Count Basie 1
2001 Complete 1941-1951 Columbia Recordings Count Basie 1
2001 Count Basie and the Five Count Basie 1
2001 Jazz Indispensable Count Basie 1
2001 The Count Basie Story Count Basie 1
2002 Complete 1936-1941 Columbia Recordings Count Basie 1
2002 Open the Door Richard Count Basie 1
2003 America's #1 Band: The Columbia Years Count Basie 1
2003 One O'Clock Jump Count Basie 1
2004 Vintage Vaults: Count Basie Count Basie 1
2004 Jazz Moods: Hot Count Basie 1
2004 The Count Basie Story Count Basie 1
2004 Count Basie & Friends: 100th Birthday Bash Count Basie & Friends 1
2004 The Jazz Biography Count Basie 2
2005 Masters of Music: Count Basie Count Basie 1
2005 The Complete Clef/Verve Count Basie Fifties Studio Recordings Count Basie 1
2006 The Best of Count Basie Count Basie 1
2008 Classic Columbia, Okeh and Vocalion Lester Young With Count Basie (1936-1940) Lester Young with Count Basie 1
2008 Fundamentals Count Basie 1
2009 The Atomic Mr. Basie Count Basie 1
2012 Mitos do jazz, Volume 5: Count Basie Count Basie 1
2012 Eight Classic Albums Count Basie 1
2013 The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings Frank Sinatra & Count Basie 1
Compact Jazz Count Basie & Joe Williams 1
Compact Jazz: Count Basie Count Basie 1
Count Basie Count Basie 1
Count Basie Count Basie 1
Count Basie 1937-1943 Count Basie 1
Down for the Count Count Basie 1
Golden Hits Count Basie 1
Golden Years Count Basie 1
Greatest Hits Count Basie 1
Jazz Profile Count Basie 1
swingin' the blues Count Basie 1
Swinging the Blues Count Basie 1
That's Jazz: One O'Clock Jump Count Basie 1
The Best of Count Basie Count Basie feat. Tony Bennett 1
The Classic Years Count Basie 1
The Collection Count Basie 1
The Gold Collection Count Basie 1
Vintage Vaults, Volume 3 Count Basie 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Standing Ovation Count Basie 1
1971 At the Savoy Ballroom 1937-1944 Count Basie 1
1976 Count Basie at the Savoy Ballroom, New York City 1937 Count Basie 1
1980 Digital III at Montreux Fitzgerald / Basie / Pass 2
1992 1963 Live Guard Sessions Keely Smith with Count Basie 1
1997 Count Basie Jam Montreaux '75 Count Basie 5 2
1998 Live at the Sands Count Basie 2
2000 The Atomic Band in Concert Count Basie 1
2002 1972-04-17 Live at Salle Pleyel (Paris Jazz Concert Highlights) Count Basie 1
2004 Good Time Blues Count Basie 1
2007 Basie at Birdland (2007 reissue) Count Basie 1
1960-03-29 Live at Palais De Chaillot Count Basie 1
Count Basie Jam / Montreux '77 Count Basie 2
Flip, Flop & Fly Count Basie & Joe Turner 1
Live in 1953! At Birdland Count Basie 1

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