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February 11, 2010

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Alex W. Rodriguez

Wonderful post! Basie's 50s/60s work doesn't get enough credit, if you ask me ... not to mention this has some of my absolute favorite Al Grey on it!

Thad knew how to write for Al Grey better than anyone else in Basie's stable of arrangers. Take, for example, how Jones scored Grey as the LEAD voice alongside the five saxophones on H.R.H. -- it's a truly remarkable sound. Another great Thad tune that showcased Grey's prodigious talent was his arrangement of "Makin' Whooppee" ... that still gives me chills every time I hear it.

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