All day, we had fierce winds, grey skies threatening rain—and then at sunset:

Evening 4414

An evening like ours might have made Jimmy Rushing feel a little better about things than when he recorded this with Count Basie in 1936:

Basie, piano; Lester Young, tenor saxophone; Jo Jones, drums; Walter Page, bass; Freddie Green, guitar. You’ll find it in this comprehensive package of early Basie.

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  1. Don Conner says

    Ah yes, Doug, the Decca sides – great stuff! Pres enriched anything he played on -Wonderful stuff!

    • Doug Ramsey says

      Wonderful, all right, but it was on the Vocalion label as the B side of “Shoe Shine Boy.” The Basie CD box of reissues was on Columbia, which acquired Vocalion in 1938. For more about the slightly confusing history of Vocalion, go here.

  2. says

    Home resting up before a jaunt to New Orleans with the family on Thursday. So, I finally get to go back through some of your posts including this one, “Evenin’.” Unfortunately, the YouTube posting was taken down today. But the good news is that it did push me to go back to a real nice Jay McShann version of the same on the “Swingmatism” trio CD. You might want to check that one out too.

    • Doug Ramsey says

      Thanks for the take-down alert, David. I found another YouTube submission of the piece, put it in the “Evenin'” post and hope that it stays up. Give my regards to my favorite former home town.