Count Basie meets the Master Horns - 1936-1953

Another contribution by Kent - here are his comments (originally posted over here):

Hi Ubu,

this is a compilation I've made up myself. So you can't purchase it anywhere. The idea was, to bring several tracks in chronological order which show Count Basie and some of his most illustrious sidemen and one guest you never would think of: Artie Shaw, the king of clarinet!

The tunes on that album stem from three different sources: "Lady Be Good" from 1936 is from Basie's complete Columbia-LP-Box-Set. The one track from 1938 and the tracks from 1944 are from a Hindsight-Lp, which you could find on CD here:

The last two tracks are from a jam session the Count did in 1953 for Norman Granz. That is the only compete LP. The links between the tracks are "Lady Be Good", Artie Shaw and Buddy DeFranco, Lester Young, Stan Getz and Wardell Gray and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison who is soloing on the 1938, 1944 and the 1953 tracks.

Here the tracks & dates:

01 - One O'Clock Jump (Theme)
02 - Lady Be Good - Jones-Smith Inc.
03 - Ev'ry Tub - Lester Young (ts), Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp)
04 - Lady Be Good - Artie Shaw (cl) & Count Basie's Orchestra
05 - Jumpin' At The Woodside - Lester Young & Harry "Sweets" Edison
06 - Bird Calls - Artie Shaw & Count Basie's Rhythm Section
07 - Lady Be Good - All Star Jam
08 - Blues For The Count - All Star Jam


01, 04, 05 & 06 - Count Basie (ld, p), Earle Warren, James Powell, Rudy Rutherford, Eli Thompson (saxes), Ed Lewis, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Al Killian, Joe Newman (tpts), Eli Robinson, Ted Donnelly, Lou Taylor, Dicky Wells (tbns), Artie Shaw (clarinet), Freddie Greene (g), Rodney Richardson (b), Shadow Wilson (d) - 1944;

02 - Count Basie (p), Lester Young (ts), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Carl Smith (tp) - Chicago, November 9, 1936; - Sorry for my Freudian mistyping on the mp3!

03 - Count Basie & His Orchestra - Lester Young (ts), Harry Sweets Edison (tp), Count Basie, Freddie Greene, Walter Page & Jo Jones = The All American Rhythm Section - Live, 1938;

07 - Count Basie (p), John Simmons (b), Buddy Rich (d), Freddie Greene (g), Stan Getz (ts), Wardell Gray (ts), Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp), Willie Smith (as), Buddy DeFranco (cl) - August 18, 1953;

08 - Count Basie (org), John Simmons (b), Buddy Rich (d), Freddie Greene (g), Benny Carter (as), Buddy DeFranco (cl), Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp), Wardell Gray (ts), Stan Getz (ts) - August 18, 1953;

Note to track #1: at the very ending, during the roaring out chorus, one can hear a clarinet, very loud, very high but in absolute control. Is this Artie Shaw as well? The typical glissandi are there and the tone could also be his. But that kinda dirty playing and singing into the instrument, almost like Benny Goodman ... I don't know, since there's nothing written in the liners.


ubu said...


keep boppin´ marcel said...

i think the clarinet at the end of track one is rudy rutherford. only a suggestion.

keep boppin´

MARIO said...

Ubu:congratulations you have a wonderful blog and a very good idea.I ll suggest some music from the BENNIE MOTEN era and a chapter for the great MR FIVE BY FIVE.Thanks.