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JALC Radio - Distilling the Blues: Count Basie's Matchless Ear

 
Title JALC Radio - Distilling the Blues: Count Basie's Matchless Ear
Season 17, Episode 51
Airdate 16/09/2010
Hosted by Wendell Pierce
Though he rarely wrote down a note on paper, Count Basie created one of the singular big band sounds. He didn't compose a lot, but in his sure hands, a simple riff-based tune could become a blues band masterpiece. "Rhythmically intoxicating and lean," said writer Stanley Dance. Even as his arrangements grew more elaborate in the 50s, Basie never lost his ear for distilling a song to its essentials.