Count Basie Orchestra’s High Voltage


My previous posts have mostly focused on Basie himself, but since the Count Basie Orchestra was one of his main projects, I figured it’d be nice to focus primarily on them for a bit.

The Count Basie Orchestra is a 16 to 18 piece big band. They were one of the most prominent jazz performing groups of the swing era, founded by Count Basie in 1935 and recording regularly from 1936. Despite a brief disbandment at the beginning of the 1950s, the band survived long past the Big Band era itself and the death of Basie in 1984. It continues as a ‘ghost band’.

BasieOrchestraHighVoltage

High Voltage (Basie Basie Vol. 2)

Count Basie Orchestra

Side One

Chicago
Have You Met Miss Jones
The Lady is a Tramp
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
Bewitched
Day In Day Out

Side Two

Get Me to the Church on Time
When Sonny Gets Blue
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Together
If I Were a Bell
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was

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