I've never seen this! This is Frigggin amazing!
I will admit that the band is way ahead of Elvis, and if he the chance to do it again today he would sing less and swing harder. Basie was a true professional, he made Elvis shine and made him a better singer. That was the wonderment of Basie, he new how to bring out the best in you. Currently, I'm working on a mangement book based on Basie's principles, hopefully it will be a best seller. He was a great leader!A performance from the Count Basie 1983 TV special "Swing It Again", featuring Elvis Costello.
To all you morons who criticize a Basie lead trumpet player Shut the Hell up!
It's Basie - and to all of those that have been critical we all know that you don't have an ounce of endurance to play with this band, or any band of this caliber. Keep practicing and working on Arbans, Walter Smith, Irons, Vizzuti, Schlosberg and anything that can help you be a better player. I'm sick and tired of people criticizing players when they aren't working on their craft.
Ray's awesome. You can tell that he had some counseling with his drug abuse. He knows how important it is to tell his own story as opposed to telling someone how to live their life. An important message at a critical time in the 70's
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I grew up with this song. My Mom would play the recording of Ray singing it on an LP to put me to sleep. She enforced being yourself and made it clear that if you felt lost you needed to find a path back to where you felt domfortable. No better to bring us this message than Ray Charles!
The tune is "Basie" by Ernie Wilkins. Personnel is off too. Bob Summers is in the trumpet section and played the solo on "Freckle Face."