Song of the Day: Count Basie and His Orchestra, “Blue and Sentimental”

“Blue and Sentimental” was written by Count Basie, Jerry Livingston and Mack David. It was first recorded by Count Basie and His Orchestra for Decca on June 6, 1938. This recording is a great showcase for one of its star soloists, Lester Young. The saxophonist’s cool and relaxed style set him apart from the more hard-driving stylings of his contemporaries. Here, it is complemented by the more powerful sound of tenor saxophonist Herschel Evans, who passed away about a year after this recording session and around the time of his 30th birthday.

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