60 Jazz Tracks, Albums, and More to Check Out on Amazon Prime Day

The online retailer's massive summer sale starts July 15—here are some of our favorite picks, curated from previous JazzTimes 10s

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20. Count Basie: The Swinging Count! (Clef, 1956 [recorded 1952])

The Swinging Count! isn’t strictly an organ album, and the first organ we hear on it (the opening “Extended Blues”) isn’t even played by the Count—Oscar Peterson stops in to lend a hand or two. But Basie (who was taught to play organ by Fats Waller, the maker of the world’s first jazz organ recordings) plays enough of it here to let us know what a Basie organ record would sound like. He even brings in his small band, featuring Lester Young soundalike Paul Quinichette (“Vice Prez”), to suggest the full panorama. Basie sounds like Basie on organ too, but with some fascinating context; his comp on “She’s Funny That Way,” for example, is as close to gospel as you’ll ever encounter outside of a church. The one-two combination of “Count’s Organ Blues” and “K.C. Organ Blues” deserves placement in the canon of the pianist/bandleader’s best work.

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