Count Basie - JazzWax

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August 11, 2007


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John Salmon

Actually, that's not true. Basie continued to play One O' Clock Jump as his intro and exit music nightly-it remained his theme. I saw the band several times in the 70's and 80's and can verify this. I don't think I ever heard April in Paris.

April in Paris is a catchy chart, but that album is lightweight stuff, close to the riff-oriented head charts the Basie band had played in earlier decades. The band moved on and played far better material later in the decade, after Quincy Jones started doing a lot of the charts.

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