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William "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904– April 26, 1984) was a pianist, organist, composer, and bandleader.

As a pianist, he had a distinctive and influential style (the song title "Splanky" is an onomatopoetic reference to the sound of his playing), equally at home in the barrelhouse and the concert hall. Willie "The Lion" Smith, James P. Johnson, and Fats Waller were among his influences.

As a bandleader, he created an organization (built upon the remains of Bennie Moten's… read more

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    lovely stuff
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    It surely sucks not, mein compadre. The slow, "boring", songs are supposed to be that way for couples to dance closely (and slowly) together.
  • Avatar for deadlygoodmusic Review of "The atomic Mr. Baise" Is it really atomic, or does it sucks?
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    отличный свинг, в самый раз
  • Avatar for Marpul23
    Origins and sources of jazz, the story how jazz has transformed into one of the most interesting style in the history of music.
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    The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Count Basie into the Class of 1966. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame
  • Avatar for simillarian
    It would be nice if 70% of these songs were tagged with the correct artist name :\
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    Frank Foster RIP
  • Avatar for Druid66
    Basie was worthy of a title, all right!

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