Classics: Vi Redd And Count Basie – Stormy Monday Blues (France’s Concert)
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. This 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. Regularly 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. Meanwhile sharing the bill with alto saxophonist and singer Vi Redd. Both of them comin’ up with a brilliant rendition of ‘Stormy Monday Blues’. A classic which Earl Hines and His Orchestra first recorded back in 1942 with Billy Eckstine on vocals.
From the ‘Live In Antibes, 1968’ album which saw the light some 20 years after on French label France’s Concert… This explosive version of ‘Stormy Monday Blues’ by the likes of Vi Redd and Count Basie stands among those very rare moments. Eventually bringin’ us back to the souvenir of the live recording of Miles Davis‘s ‘So What’ at NYC’s the Robert Herridge Theater in 1959… One hardly gets anything better than this. Don’t you think?