"Jimmy Forrest, Basie and Me" - JazzWax

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August 26, 2009


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Franklin T. Moorehead

Good story! Write more.

Chris McCarthy

That arrangement of Night Train is just superb. Simple yet powerful, full of soul. Seen it on the Last of the Blue Devils. Great lead work from Jimmy Forrest too.

If I had one track to show the Basie band at its best, that arrangement of Night Train would be right up there.

Write more.... indeed!

Nathaniel Ries

Roy Phillipe is a wonderful man. Around this time last year I contacted him with hopes of purchasing an arrangement of Bag of Dreams, as I could not find one in publication. He told me his arrangement was held by the Basie Museum, but he still had all his original notes from arranging it, so he rearranged the piece and sent me the score, free, with one request: He wanted a copy of the CD the band I was in recorded, and a copy of the program of the gig we played it at.

Roy Phillipe, you are a truly wonderful and generous man. Thank you.

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