William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) 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.
Count Basie Vo. : Seven Classic Albums covers the period1956-1961. The joys of this set are many and varied. Disc One kicks off with a live "Basie In London" Jumpin At The Woodside from 1956. What do you get when you mix a Thad Jones led trumpet section with arguably Basie's finest sax grouping of the era-Marshall Royal, Bill Graham, Frank Foster, Frank Foster and Charlie Fowlkes? Disc Three offers the equally strong "Dance Along With Basie" and "Just The Blues (with Joe Williams).
Listen free to Count Basie Orchestra – Four Classic Albums (April in Paris, Corner Pocket and more). 43 tracks (). Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last. The Count Basie Orchestra is an American big band, one of the most prominent jazz performing groups of the swing era, founded by Count Basie in 1935 and recording regularly from 1936. Despite a brief disbandment at the beginning of the 1950s, the band survived long past the Big Band era itself and the death of Basie in 1984. It continues as a 'ghost band'.