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Count Basie

Count Basie was among the most important bandleaders of the swing era. With the exception of a brief period in the early '50s, he led a big band from 1935 until his death almost 50 years later, and the band continued to perform after he died. Basie's orchestra was characterized by a light, swinging rhythm section that he led from the piano, lively ensemble work, and generous soloing. Basie was not a composer like Duke Ellington or an important soloist like Benny Goodman. His instrument was his band, which was considered the epitome of swing and became broadly influential on jazz.

Both of Basie's parents were musicians; his father, Harvie Basie, played the mellophone, and his mother, Lillian (Childs) Basie, was a pianist who gave her son his earliest lessons. Basie also learned from Harlem stride pianists, particularly Fats Waller. His first professional work came accompanying vaudeville performers, and he was part of a troupe that broke up in Kansas City in 1927, leaving him stranded there. He stayed in the Midwestern city, at first working in a silent movie house and then joining Walter Page's Blue Devils in July 1928. The band's vocalist was Jimmy Rushing. Basie left in early 1929 to play with other bands, eventually settling into one led by Bennie Moten. Upon Moten's untimely death on April 2, 1935, Basie worked as a soloist before leading a band initially called the Barons of Rhythm. Many former members of the Moten band joined this nine-piece outfit, among them Walter Page (bass), Freddie Green (guitar), Jo Jones (drums), and Lester Young (tenor saxophone). Jimmy Rushing became the singer. The band gained a residency at the Reno Club in Kansas City and began broadcasting on the radio, an announcer dubbing the pianist "Count" Basie.

Basie got his big break when one of his broadcasts was heard by journalist and record producer John Hammond, who touted him to agents and record companies. As a result, the band was able to leave Kansas City in the fall of 1936 and take up an engagement at the Grand Terrace in Chicago, followed by a date in Buffalo, NY, before coming into Roseland in New York City in December. It made its recording debut on Decca Records in January 1937. Undergoing expansion and personnel changes, it returned to Chicago, then to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Boston. Meanwhile, its recording of "One O'Clock Jump" became its first chart entry in September 1937. The tune became the band's theme song and it was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Basie returned to New York for an extended engagement at the small club the Famous Door in 1938 that really established the band as a success. "Stop Beatin' Round the Mulberry Bush," with Rushing on vocals, became a Top Ten hit in the fall of 1938. Basie spent the first half of 1939 in Chicago, meanwhile switching from Decca to Columbia Records, then went to the West Coast in the fall. He spent the early '40s touring extensively, but after the U.S. entry into World War II in December 1941 and the onset of the recording ban in August 1942, his travel was restricted. While on the West Coast, he and the band appeared in five films, all released within a matter of months in 1943: Hit Parade of 1943, Reveille with Beverly, Stage Door Canteen, Top Man, and Crazy House. He also scored a series of Top Ten hits on the pop and R&B charts, including "I Didn't Know About You" (pop, winter 1945); "Red Bank Blues" (R&B, winter 1945); "Rusty Dusty Blues" (R&B, spring 1945); "Jimmy's Blues" (pop and R&B, summer/fall 1945); and "Blue Skies" (pop, summer 1946). Switching to RCA Victor Records, he topped the charts in February 1947 with "Open the Door, Richard!," followed by three more Top Ten pop hits in 1947: "Free Eats," "One O'Clock Boogie," and "I Ain't Mad at You (You Ain't Mad at Me)."

The big bands' decline in popularity in the late '40s hit Basie as it did his peers, and he broke up his orchestra at the end of the decade, opting to lead smaller units for the next couple of years. But he was able to reform the big band in 1952, responding to increased opportunities for touring. For example, he went overseas for the first time to play in Scandinavia in 1954, and thereafter international touring played a large part in his schedule. An important addition to the band in late 1954 was vocalist Joe Williams. The orchestra was re-established commercially by the 1955 album Count Basie Swings - Joe Williams Sings (released on Clef Records), particularly by the single "Every Day (I Have the Blues)," which reached the Top Five of the R&B charts and was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Another key recording of this period was an instrumental reading of "April in Paris" that made the pop Top 40 and the R&B Top Ten in early 1956; it also was enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame. These hits made what Albert Murray (co-author of Basie's autobiography, Good Morning Blues) called the "new testament" edition of the Basie band a major success. Williams remained with Basie until 1960, and even after his departure, the band continued to prosper.

At the first Grammy Awards ceremony, Basie won the 1958 awards for Best Performance by a Dance Band and Best Jazz Performance, Group, for his Roulette Records LP Basie. Breakfast Dance and Barbecue was nominated in the dance band category for 1959, and Basie won in the category in 1960 for Dance with Basie, earning nominations the same year for Best Performance by an Orchestra and Best Jazz Performance, Large Group, for The Count Basie Story. There were further nominations for best jazz performance for Basie at Birdland in 1961 and The Legend in 1962. None of these albums attracted much commercial attention, however, and in 1962, Basie switched to Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records in a bid to sell more records. Sinatra-Basie satisfied that desire, reaching the Top Five in early 1963. It was followed by This Time by Basie! Hits of the 50's and 60's, which reached the Top 20 and won the 1963 Grammy Award for Best Performance by an Orchestra for Dancing.

This initiated a period largely deplored by jazz fans that ran through the rest of the 1960s, when Basie teamed with various vocalists for a series of chart albums including Ella Fitzgerald (Ella and Basie!, 1963); Sinatra again (the Top 20 album It Might as Well Be Swing, 1964); Sammy Davis, Jr. (Our Shining Hour, 1965); the Mills Brothers (The Board of Directors, 1968); and Jackie Wilson (Manufacturers of Soul, 1968). He also reached the charts with an album of show tunes, Broadway Basie's ... Way (1966).

By the end of the 1960s, Basie had returned to more of a jazz format. His album Standing Ovation earned a 1969 Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by a Large Group or Soloist with Large Group (Eight or More), and in 1970, with Oliver Nelson as arranger/conductor, he recorded Afrique, an experimental, avant-garde album that earned a 1971 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band. By this time, the band performed largely on the jazz festival circuit and on cruise ships. In the early 1970s, after a series of short-term affiliations, Basie signed to Pablo Records, with which he recorded for the rest of his life. Pablo recorded Basie prolifically in a variety of settings, resulting in a series of well-received albums: Basie Jam earned a 1975 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Performance by a Group; Basie and Zoot was nominated in the same category in 1976 and won the Grammy for Best Jazz Performance by a Soloist; Prime Time won the 1977 Grammy for Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band; and The Gifted Ones by Basie and Dizzy Gillespie was nominated for a 1979 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance by a Group. Thereafter, Basie competed in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Performance by a Big Band, winning the Grammy in 1980 for On the Road and in 1982 for Warm Breeze, earning a nomination for Farmer's Market Barbecue in 1983, and winning a final time, for his ninth career Grammy, in 1984 for 88 Basie Street.

Basie's health gradually deteriorated during the last eight years of his life. He suffered a heart attack in 1976 that put him out of commission for several months. He was back in the hospital in 1981, and when he returned to action, he was driving an electric wheel chair onto the stage. He died of cancer at 79.

Count Basie was admired as much by musicians as by listeners, and he displayed a remarkable consistency in a bandleading career that lasted long after swing became an archival style of music. After his death, his was one of the livelier ghost bands, led in turn by Thad Jones, Frank Foster, and Grover Mitchell. His lengthy career resulted in a large discography spread across all of the major labels and quite a few minor ones as well. ~ William Ruhlmann
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Historical Jazz Recordings: 1939-1940

Disc 1
Disc 2
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Track List: Ten

1. Ain't Misbehavin'

2. Yeah Man

3. It's Sand Man

4. Dance Of The Gremlins

6. Study In Brown

7. One O'Clock Jump

9. These Foolish Things

10. Shake Rattle & Roll

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Track List: Rhythm In My Nursery Rhymes

1. One O'Clock Jump

2. A Study In Brown

4. John's Idea

5. Good Morning Blues

6. Dinah

7. Shout & Feel It

9. The Count Steps In

10. I Got Rhythm

11. Bugle Blues

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Track List: Shout And Feel It

1. Shout And Feel It

2. The Count Steps In

3. I'll Always Be In Love With You

5. Bugle Blues

6. Red Bank Boogie

7. One O'Clock Jump

8. Every Day I Have The Blues

9. John's Idea

10. Lester Leaps In

11. Jumpin' At The Woodside

12. Blue And Sentimental

13. Shorty George

15. Basie's Boogie

16. In A Mellow Tone

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Track List: The Count And The President

Disc 1

1. Shoe Shine Boy

2. Evenin'

3. Boogie Woogie

4. Oh, Lady Be Good

5. I Ain't Got Nobody

6. Goin' To Chicago

7. Live And Love Tonight

8. Love Me Or Leave Me

10. Rock-A-Bye Basie

14. Taxi War Dance

15. Don't Worry 'Bout Me

Disc 2

3. If I Didn't Care

4. Twelfth Street Rag

10. Pound Cake

13. How Long Blues

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Track List: Singing, Swinging & Blues

1. Too Close For Comfort

2. Giant Blues Flag Waver

3. Like Young

4. Jessica's Day

5. Blame It On My Youth

6. Close Your Eyes

7. Naiomi's Blues

8. Yesterdays

9. I Have Waited So Long

10. Dark Morning

11. Blues On Mack Avenue

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Track List: From Red Bank

1. The Kid From Red Bank

3. Flight Of The Foo Birds

4. Double-O

5. After Supper

6. April In Paris

7. Paradise Squat

10. One Mint Julep

12. Robbin's Nest

13. You're My Baby, You

14. The King

15. On The Upbeat

16. Avenue C

17. Tickle Toe

18. Royal Garden Blues

19. Swingin' The Blues

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Track List: Combos Anthology, 1936-1956

Disc 1

1. Shoe Shine Boy

2. Oh, Lady Be Good

3. Allez Oop

4. Don't Be That Way

5. Mortgage Stomp

6. You Can Depend On Me

7. I Ain't Got Nobody

9. Love Me Or Leave Me

10. Dickie's Dream

11. Lester Leaps In

12. St Louis Blues

13. Royal Garden Blues

14. Sugar Blues

15. Bugle Blues

16. After Theatre Jump

17. Six Cats And A Prince

19. Swingin' The Blues

20. St Louis Boogie

21. My Buddy

22. Backstage At Stuff's

Disc 2

1. Rat Race

2. Sweets

3. Neal's Deal

4. Bluebeard's Blues

5. You're My Baby, You

6. Golden Bullet

7. Song Of The Islands

8. I'm Confessin'

9. One O'Clock Jump

10. Little White Lies

11. I Ain't Got Nobody

12. Blues For The Count And Oscar

13. I Want A Little Girl

14. Oh, Lady Be Good

15. Basie Beat

16. She's Funny That Way

17. Count's Organ Blues

18. Stan Shorthair

19. Blue And Sentimental

20. As Long As I Live

21. Ain't It The Truth

22. Midgets

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Track List: The Very Best Of

1. One O'Clock Jump

2. The King

3. Lester Leaps In

4. Red Bank Boogie

5. Jumpin’ At The Woodside

6. Every Tub

7. Shorty George

8. Goin’ To Chicago

9. Basie Boogie

10. Stormy Monday Blues

11. Hittin' Twelve

12. Oh, Lady Be Good

13. I'll Always Be In Love With You

14. Everyday I Have The Blues

15. Dance Of The Gremlins

16. Blee Blop Blues

17. Bubbles

18. Basie Goes West

19. Let's Jump

20. Jazz Me Blues

21. Two Franks

22. Swingin' The Blues

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Track List: Essential Masters

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Track List: Basie Is Back

1. Corner Pocket (Live)

2. Discmmotion (Live)

3. Blues In Hoss' Flat (Live)

4. Segue In C (Live)

5. Basie Power (Live)

6. We're In Love Again (Live)

7. In A Mellow Tone (Live)

8. Body And Soul (Live)

9. Lover Come Back To Me (Live)

10. Whirly Bird (Live)

11. Jumpin' At The Woodside (Live)

12. One O'Clock Jump (Live)

13. April In Paris (Live)

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Track List: Count Basie 1952-53 Chronological Classics 1387

1. Blues For The Count And Oscar

2. Be My Guest

3. You're Not The Kind

4. Extended Blues

6. Sent For You Yesterday

7. Goin' To Chicago

8. I Want A Little Girl

9. Oh, Lady Be Good!

10. Song Of The Islands

11. Basie Beat

12. She's Funny That Way

13. Count's Organ Blues

14. K.C. Organ Blues

15. Blue And Sentimental

16. Stan Shorthair

17. As Long As I Live

18. Royal Garden Blues

19. Plymouth Rock

20. Blues Go Away

21. Peace Pipe

22. Straight Life

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Track List: The Jazz Biography

1. Basie Blues

2. Blee Blop Blues

3. Bluebeard Blues

4. Blues For Count And Oscar

5. Circus In Rhythm

6. Every Tub

8. I'll Remember April

9. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

10. Just A Minute

11. Little Pony

12. Little White Lies

13. Neal's Deal

14. New Basie Blues

15. Queer Street

16. Robbin's Nest

17. Seventh Avenue Express

18. Sugar

19. Taps Miller

20. The King

21. Tootsie

22. Why Not

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Track List: Swinging The Blues: 1930-1939

1. Somebody Stole My Gal

2. Moten Swing

3. Boogie Woogie

4. Roseland Shuffle

5. One O'Clock Jump

6. John's Idea

7. Good Morning Blues

8. Topsy

9. Out The Window

10. Every Tub

11. Swinging The Blues

12. Blue And Sentimental

13. Doggin' Around

14. Texas Shuffle

15. Jumpin' At The Woodside

16. How Long Blues

17. Red Wagon

18. Jive At Five

19. Rock-A-Bye Basie

20. Don't Worry 'Bout Me

21. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie

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Track List: America's #1 Band

Disc 1

1. Shoe Shine Boy (Alternate Take)

2. Evenin' (78rpm Version)

3. Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong)

4. Oh, Lady Be Good

5. I Ain't Got Nobody (78rpm Version)

6. Goin' To Chicago Blues

7. Live And Love Tonight (78rpm Version)

8. Love Me Or Leave Me (78rpm Version)

9. Dickie's Dream

10. Lester Leaps In

11. How Long Blues

12. Royal Garden Blues

13. Bugle Blues (78rpm Version)

14. Sugar Blues (78rpm Version)

15. Farewell Blues (78rpm Version)

16. Cafe Society Blues (78rpm Version)

17. Way Back Blues

18. St. Louis Blues

19. Neal's Deal (78rpm Version)

20. Bluebeard Blues

21. The Golden Bullet

22. You're My Baby, You

Disc 2

1. Song Of The Islands

2. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

3. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)

4. One O'Clock Jump

5. I Ain't Got Nobody

6. Little White Lies

7. I'll Remember April

8. Tootie

9. Rock-A-Bye Basie

10. One Hour

11. Taxi War Dance (Alternate Take)

12. Twelfth Street Rag (78rpm Version)

13. Miss Thing, Pt. 1 (78rpm Version)

14. Miss Thing, Pt. 2 (78rpm Version)

15. Nobody Knows (Take 1)

16. Pound Cake (78rpm Version)

17. Song Of The Islands

18. Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie

19. Tickle Toe

20. Louisiana (78rpm Version)

21. Easy Does It (78rpm Version)

22. Somebody Stole My Gal

23. I Want A Little Girl

Disc 3

1. Five O'Clock Whistle (78rpm Version)

2. Broadway

3. It's The Same Old South

4. Jump The Blues Away

5. The Jitters

6. 9:20 Special

7. Goin' To Chicago Blues

8. Harvard Blues

9. One O'Clock Jump

10. It's Sand, Man! (78rpm Version)

11. Ain't It The Truth

12. Taps Miller

13. Avenue C (78rpm Version)

14. Blue Skies (78rpm Version)

15. Queer Street

16. Lazy Lady Blues

17. Rambo (78rpm Version)

18. The King (78rpm Version)

19. Hob-Nail Boogie (78rpm Version)

20. Mutton Leg (78rpm Version)

21. Stay On It

22. Little Pony

23. Beaver Junction

Disc 4

1. One O'Clock Jump (Live)

2. Swingin' The Blues (Live)

3. Rock-A-Bye Basie (Live)

4. Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Live)

5. Time Out (Live)

6. Boogie Woogie Blues (Live)

7. Roseland Shuffle (Live)

8. White Sails (Beneath A Yellow Moon) (Live)

9. Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie (Live)

10. One O'Clock Jump (Live)

11. They Can't Take That Away From Me (Live)

12. Swing, Brother, Swing (Live)

13. I Can't Get Started (Live)

14. Moten Swing (Live)

15. Ebony Rhapsody (Live)

16. Darn That Dream (Live)

17. Take It, Pres (Live)

18. Baby, Don't Tell On Me (Live)

19. I Got Rhythm (Live)

20. 9:20 Special (Live)

21. Elmer's Tune (Live)

22. Jumpin' At The Woodside (Live)

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Track List: Timeless: Count Basie

1. Shiny Stockings

2. Lil' Darlin'

6. Corner Pocket

7. Exactly Like You

9. Whirly Bird

10. April In Paris

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Track List: Ken Burns Jazz - Count Basie

1. Toby

2. One O'Clock Jump

3. John's Idea

4. Topsy

5. Jumpin' At The Woodside

6. Swingin' The Blues

7. Blue And Sentimental

8. Doggin' Around

9. Dark Rapture

11. Goin' To Chicago

12. Jive At Five

13. 9:20 Special

14. Softly, With Feeling

15. Corner Pocket

16. April In Paris

17. Every Day I Have The Blues

18. Shiny Stockings

19. Li'l Darlin'

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Track List: Jumpin'

1. Jumpin' At Woodside

2. Avenue C

3. Rock-A-Bye Basie

4. Swing Shift

5. Harvard Blues

6. Oh Lady Be Good

7. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me

8. Let's Jump

9. Basie Boogie

10. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

11. Dinah

14. One O'Clock Jump

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Track List: Broadway

1. Broadway

3. Jumpin' At The Woodside

4. Lady Be Good

6. Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today

8. Topsy

9. Twelfth Street Rag

15. Dark Rapture

17. My Heart Belongs To Daddy

19. Sing For Your Supper

20. Rusty Dusty Blues

22. Boogie Woogie

23. One O'clock Jump

24. The Basie Boogie

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Track List: Swing Shift

1. Burnin'

2. Easy Go

3. Four For Basie

4. Lonesome Lover Blues

5. Swee' Pea

6. Walkin' Proud

7. Drum Thing

8. Warm Velvet

9. Blues For Royalty

10. The Very Thought Of You

11. Road Runner

12. Rompin' And Rollin'

13. Blood Count

14. Blues On Top

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Track List: Cocktail Hour

Disc 1

1. Swinging At The Daisy Chain

2. Roseland Shuffle

3. Exactly Like You

4. Boo Hoo

5. The Glory Of Love

6. Boogie Woogie

7. Smarty

8. John's Idea

9. Our Love Was Meant To Be

10. Out The Window

11. Georgianna

12. Every Tub

13. Now Will You Be Good

Disc 2

1. Blue And Sentimental

2. Stop Beating Around The Mulberry Bush

3. Texas Shuffle

4. The Fives

5. Blues I Like To Hear

6. Do You Wanna Jump, Children?

7. My Heart Belongs To Daddy

8. Sing For Your Supper

9. Dupree Blues

10. Cherokee

11. Blame It On My Last Affair

12. Jive At Five

13. Evil Blues

14. Oh! Lady Be Good

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Track List: Count Plays Duke

1. Take The "A" Train

2. It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing

3. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good

4. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

5. Just Squeeze Me But Don't Tease Me

6. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me

7. The Star-Crossed Lovers

8. Love You Madly

9. In A Sentimental Mood

10. Cotton Tail

11. Paris Blues

12. Mood Indigo

13. I'm Just A Lucky So And So

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Track List: Live At The Sands (Live)

1. Introduction (Live)

2. Splanky (Live)

3. I Can't Stop Loving You (Live)

4. I Needs To Be Bee'd With (Live)

5. Flight Of The Foo Birds (Live)

6. Satin Doll (Live)

7. Makin' Whoopee! (Live)

8. Corner Pocket (Live)

9. One O'Clock Jump (Live)

10. Hello Little Girl (Live)

11. Whirly Bird (Live)

13. This Could Be The Start Of Something Big (Live)

14. Jumpin' At The Woodside (Live)

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Track List: Count Basie's Greatest Hits

1. Bill's Mill

2. One O'Clock Boogie

3. Brand New Wagon

4. Bye Bye, Baby

5. After You've Gone

6. Seventh Avenue Express

7. If You See My Baby

8. Mr. Roberts' Roost

9. Just A Minute

10. Shine On, Harvest Moon

11. Hey, Pretty Baby

12. Sweets

13. Sugar

14. Basie's Basement

15. Swingin' The Blues

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Track List: The Best Of Early Basie

1. Honeysuckle Rose

2. Roseland Shuffle

3. Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong)

4. One O'clock Jump

5. John's Idea

6. Good Morning Blues

7. Topsy

8. Out The Window

9. Don't You Miss Your Baby?

10. Blues In The Dark

11. Sent For You Yesterday

12. Every Tub

13. Swingin' The Blues

14. Blue And Sentimental

15. Doggin' Around

16. Texas Shuffle

17. Jumpin' At The Woodside

18. Shorty George

19. Panassie Stomp

20. Jive At Five

21. Oh, Lady Be Good

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Track List: The Complete Atomic Basie

1. The Kid From Red Bank

2. Duet

3. After Supper

4. Flight Of The Foo Birds

5. Double-O

6. Teddy The Toad

7. Whirly-Bird

8. Midnite Blue

9. Splanky

10. Fantail

11. Li'l Darlin'

12. Silks And Satins

13. Sleepwalker's Serenade (Alternate Take)

14. Sleepwalker's Serenade

15. The Late Late Show

16. The Late Late Show (Vocal Version)

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Track List: Count Basie And Friends

1. Easy Does It

2. Zoot

3. Love Me Or Leave Me

4. N.H.O.P

5. She's Funny That Way

6. Turnaround

7. Madame Fitz

8. Royal Garden Blues

9. Sweet Lorraine

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Track List: The Best Of Count Basie - The Roulette Years

1. The Kid From Red Bank

2. The Late Late Show

3. Flight Of The Foo Birds

4. Jive At Five

5. Blue And Sentimental

9. Topsy

10. Jumpin' At The Woodside

11. Broadway

12. Tickle Toe

15. Whirly Bird

16. Down For Double

17. Easy Money

18. Turnabout

19. Taps Miller

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Track List: Count Basie Kansas City 6

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Track List: The Essential Count Basie Vol. 1

1. Oh, Lady Be Good

2. Goin' To Chicago Blues

3. Live and Love Tonight

4. Love Me Or Leave Me

5. Rock-a-Bye Basie

7. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight

8. Taxi War Dance

10. Twelfth Street Rag

15. Pound Cake

16. How Long Blues

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Track List: Basie In Europe / Blues Alley

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Track List: Farmers Market Barbecue

1. Way Out Basie

2. St. Louis Blues

3. Beaver Junction

4. Lester Leaps In

5. Blues For The Barbecue

6. I Don't Know Yet

7. Ain't That Something

8. Jumpin' At The Woodside

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Track List: On The Road

1. Wind Machine

2. Blues For Stephanie

3. John The III

4. There Will Never Be Another You

5. Bootie's Blues

6. Splanky

7. Basie

8. Watch What Happens

9. Work Song

10. In A Mellow Tone

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Track List: Basie Jam #3

2. Moten Swing

3. I Surrender Dear

4. Song Of The Islands

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Track List: Live In Japan, '78

2. Freckle Face

4. Things Ain't What They Used To Be

6. All Of Me

7. Shiny Stockings

9. John The III

10. Basie

11. Black Velvet

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Track List: Basie Jam 2

1. Mama Don't Wear No Drawers

2. Doggin' Around

3. Kansas City Line

4. Jump

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Track List: Basie In Europe

1. Hittin' Twelve

2. Freckle Face

3. Things Ain't What They Used To Be

6. Orange Sherbert

7. Way Out Basie

8. Basie!

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Track List: Montreux '77

1. The Heat's On (live)

2. Freckle Face (live)

3. Splanky (live)

4. The More I See You (live)

5. Night In Tunisia

6. Hittin' 12

7. Bag Of Dreams

8. Things Ain't What They Used To Be

9. I Needs To Be Bee'd With

10. Li'l Darlin' (1977)

11. Jumpin' At The Woodside

12. One O'Clock Jump (live)

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Track List: Fun Time: Count Basie Big Band at Montreux '75

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Track List: Standing Ovation: Live At The Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas (1969)

1. Down For Double (Live)

2. Li'l Darlin' (Live)

3. Broadway (Live)

4. Jive At Five (Live)

5. Cherry Point (Live)

6. Jumpin' At The Woodside (Live)

7. One O'Clock Jump (Live)

8. Shiny Stockings (Live)

9. Blue And Sentimental (Live)

10. Every Tub (Live)

11. Corner Pocket (Live)

12. The Kid From Red Bank (Live)

13. One O'Clock Jump (Encore) (Live)

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Track List: Basie's Beatle Bag

1. Help

2. Can't Buy Me Love

3. Michelle

4. I Wanna Be Your Man

5. Do You Want To Know A Secret

6. A Hard Day's Night

7. All My Loving

8. Yesterday

9. And I Love Her

10. Hold Me Tight

11. She Loves You

12. Kansas City

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Track List: Basieland

1. Basie Land

2. Big Brother

3. Count Me In

4. Wanderlust

5. Instant Blues

6. Rabble Rouser

7. Sassy

8. Gymnastics

9. Yuriko

10. Doodle Oodle

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Track List: Li'l Ol' Groovemaker .... Basie!

1. Li'l Ol' Groovemaker....Basie!

2. Pleasingly Plump

3. Boody Rumble

4. Belly Roll

5. Count 'Em

6. Nasty Magnus

7. Dum Dum

8. Lullaby For Jolie

9. Kansas City Wrinkles

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Track List: This Time By Basie

1. This Could Be the Start of Something Big

2. I Left My Heart in San Francisco

3. One Mint Julep

4. The Swingin' Shepherd Blues

5. I Can't Stop Loving You

6. Moon River

7. Fly Me To the Moon

8. What Kind of Fool Am I?

9. Walk, Don't Run

10. Nice 'n' Easy

11. Theme from "The Apartment"

12. The Hucklebuck

13. Oh. Pretty Woman

14. Oh Soul Mio [sic]

15. Shangri-La

16. At Long Last Love

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Track List: Count Basie And The Kansas City 7

1. Oh, Lady Be Good

2. Secrets

3. I Want A Little Girl

4. Shoe Shine Boy

5. Count's Place

6. Senator Whitehead

7. Tally-Ho, Mr. Basie!

8. What'cha Talkin'?

9. Trey Of Hearts

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Track List: Tickle Toe

1. Tickle Toe

2. Swingin' The Blues

3. Let Me See

4. Jumpin' At The Woodside

6. Lil' Darlin'

7. Shorty George

8. Rusty Dusty Blues

9. The King

10. Every Tub

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Track List: String Along With Basie

1. Sweet Lorraine

2. Blue And Sentimental

3. Summertime

5. Song Of The Islands

6. These Foolish Things

10. She's Funny That Way

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Track List: Hall Of Fame

1. Blues Inside Out

2. Big Red

3. Trick Or Treat

4. Lady In Lace

5. Flute Juice

6. Lollypop

7. Slats

8. Move

9. Dolphin Dip

10. Stompin' & Jumpin'

11. Low Life

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Track List: Breakfast Dance And Barbecue

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Track List: Count Basie At Newport (Live)

1. Introduction By John Hammond

2. Swingin' At Newport (Live)

3. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Live)

4. Lester Leaps In (Live)

5. Sent For You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today) (Live)

6. Boogie Woogie I May Be Wrong (Live)

7. Evenin' (Live)

8. Blee Blop Blues (Live)

9. Alright, Okay, You Win (Live)

10. The Comeback (Live)

11. Roll 'Em Pete (Live)

12. Smack Dab In The Middle (Live)

13. One O'Clock Jump (Live)

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Track List: Basie In London

1. Jumpin' At The Woodside (Live)

2. Shiny Stockings (Live)

3. How High The Moon (Live)

4. Nails (Live)

5. Flute Juice (Live)

6. One O'Clock Jump (Live)

7. Alright, Okay You Win (Live)

8. Roll 'Em Pete (Live)

9. The Comeback (Live)

10. Blues Backstage (Live)

11. Corner Pocket (Live)

12. Blee Blop Blues (Live)

13. Yesterdays (Live)

14. Untitled (Live)

15. Sixteen Men Swinging (Live)

16. Plymouth Rock (Live)

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Track List: April In Paris

1. April In Paris

2. Corner Pocket

3. Didn't You?

4. Sweetie Cakes

5. Magic

6. Shiny Stockings

7. What Am I Here For?

8. Midgets

9. Mambo Inn

10. Dinner With Friends

11. April In Paris

12. Corner Pocket

13. Didn't You?

14. Magic, Pt.1

15. Magic, Pt.2

16. What Am I Here For?

17. Midgets

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Track List: Blues By Basie

1. Tootie

2. How Long Blues

3. Way Back Blues

4. Blues

5. Harvard Blues

6. Bugle Blues

7. Take Me Back, Baby

8. Golden Bullet

9. Nobody Knows

10. Royal Garden Blues

11. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

12. Bluebeard's Blues

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Track List: King Of Swing

1. It Could Happen To You

2. Ain't Misbehavin'

3. Two For The Blues