Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Count Basie - Then As Now, Count's The King (Video)

I was glad to come across this film about Count Basie. Here is the info on it:
Filmmaker Gary Keys' heartfelt tribute to Count Basie and his Orchestra. - Jazz great William "Count" Basie comes back to life in this rich documentary, which traces the history of the pianist, composer, and bandleader over several decades. Filmmaker Gary Keys juxtaposes a roundtable discussion among old cats from the Count Basie Orchestra with recorded performances, including a cameo appearance in "Blazing Saddles." Archival clips and a gallery of portraits and snapshots shows the ever-smiling face of a man as vivacious as the grooves he delivers--his good humor suffusing the music and the players going at it all around him, from Lester Young to Ella Fitzgerald.
I had forgotten about the cameo in Blazing Saddles.

Related: "Make Me Rainbows" - I do love Ella Fitzgerald.

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