DVD: Count Basie

Basie Swingin'.jpgCount Basie: Swingin’ The Blues (Masters of American Music). Basie’s rhythm section supported Lester Young in his greatest flights of invention. Drummer Jo Jones, guitarist Freddie Green, bassist Walter Page and Basie were the heart of a band that brought the looseness and loping swing of Kansas City onto the national scene and permanently enriched jazz. This 1992 documentary, on DVD for the first time, traces the band’s evolution and importance. Narrated by Roscoe Lee Browne, the film tells the story through clips of the band and interviews with Basie and some of his leading sidemen, including Harry Edison, Earle Warren, Joe Williams and Buddy Tate.

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