Count Basie Orchestra: ‘Live at Birdland’ (Candid)

To build on an old saying, there are three things that one can always depend on: death, taxes and the Count Basie Orchestra. Basie formed his first big band in 1934 and it became an influential force that defined swing. But while the “Old Testament” band of 1934-49 had brilliant soloists and spontaneous-sounding riff tunes,

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