Count Basie is beloved by all, and for me he was my first love. Finding Jumpin’ At The Woodside (1938) early in my dance career, Basie was all I wanted to dance to. However, as I matured as a dancer and DJ, I found several amazing tracks that rival Jumpin’ At the Woodside. Without any empirical evidence, I would posit that Basie is the most played musician of all time within the swing community. And for good reason. Basie created the most influential, well-known, and famous rhythm section of all time.
I have also found that my Basie tastes have changed dramatically over the years; starting with a preference for old testament and slowly moving in new testament Basie. And now, I think I am somewhere in between. But, in all reality, if i had to choose, I mean really had to choose….and don’t hate me for this or be surprised but it, new testament Basie, all the way!. I love the layer rhythm of his music during this period, no matter the tempo. BUT, I do find myself to be more particular song to song with new testament Basie than I do with old.
Here is a current list of favorites: