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Count Basie: Let’s Jump

Count Basie

Let’s Jump (Riff City) consists of rare rehearsal tracks by the Count Basie Orchestra that eventually made their way to American GIs during World War II via 16-inch vinyl transcriptions issued by Armed Forces Radio Service. The tunes were recorded in 1943 and ’44 and feature some legendary section players: Snooky Young, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Joe Newman, Al Killian, trumpets; Dickie Wells, Eli Robinson among the ‘bones; Lester Young, Buddy Tate, Illinois Jacquet, saxes; and the rhythm section of guitarist Freddie Green, drummer Jo Jones, and, of course, Basie on piano. Guests included Artie Shaw, clarinet, and Thelma Carpenter and Jimmy Rushing, vocals.

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