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One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie (1943)

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Count Basie (Каунт Бейси)Classic Count Basie and the One O'Clock Jump from the Columbia film, "Reveille with Beverly."

On 19 February 1940, Count Basie and his Orchestra opened a four-week engagement at Southland in Boston, and they broadcast over the radio on 20 February.[50] On the West Coast, in 1942 the band did a spot in Reveille With Beverly, a musical film starring Ann Miller, and a "Command Performance" for Armed Forces Radio, with Hollywood stars Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Carmen Miranda, Jerry Colonna, and the singer Dinah Shore. Other minor movie spots followed, including Choo Choo Swing, Crazy House, Top Man, and Hit Parade of 1943. They also started to record with RCA.[53] The war years caused a lot of members turn over, and the band worked many play dates with lower pay. Dance hall bookings were down sharply as swing began to fade, the effects of the musicians' strikes of 1942–44 and 1948 began to be felt, and the public's taste grew for singers.

Basie occasionally lost some key soloists. However,throughout the 1940s, Basie maintained a big band that possessed an infectious rhythmic beat, an enthusiastic team spirit, and a long list of inspired and talented jazz soloists.

Count Basie was both the master of minimalism, as well as the king of swing. Basie was perhaps the most economical piano player that ever led a big band. He would play an opening series of single notes, setting the stage for his bands to introduce the theme and then take off with the most swinging of jump, swing, and blues numbers. Basie used space like an abstract painter would use splashes of color. He had no need to dazzle because his roster of all stars ranging from Hershel Evans, Lester Young, & Sweets Edison in the 30s up to his comeback band of the 50s thru 60s with Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Thad Jones, Al Grey and a myriad of others took charge, setting the standard for a swinging band.

Basie did not have to rely on his horns since he had the premiere rhythm section in the business with bassist Walter Page, guitarist Freddie Green, and the incomparable Jo Jones on drums. His choice of vocalists over the years ranged from early Billie Holiday to the two greatest blues-based male jazz singers, namely Jimmy Rushing and Big Joe Williams.

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