Sunday, August 20, 2017

Vi Redd And Count Basie – Stormy Monday Blues

The life of Count Basie sounds like the life of the 20th century Jazz, takin’ its roots from imrovised accompaniements to silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, NJ, before moving to Harlem in 1924 where his performing career would expand.
An organist and a pianist, he formed his own band in 1935 and led it until his death in 1984, paving the history with innovations along with time.
We catch him on this live recording at Antibes / Juan-Les-Pins famous Jazz Festival back in 1968, along with alo saxophonist and singer Vi Redd taking the lead of this song first recorded in 1942 by Earl Hines and His Orchestra with Billy Eckstine on vocals. One of these rare moments like the live recording of Miles Davis‘s ‘So What‘ at NYC’s the Robert Herridge Theater in 1959. With the vibe more than ever alive! Taken from the ‘Live In Antibes, 1968’ album released some 20 years after on French label France’s Concert…
Pure swing…

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