Swing It, Basie

Count Basie was the master of understatement. He was known for his laconic piano. With a tight rhythm section (includes bassist Walter Page and drummer Joe Jones), behind him, Basie plays exotic spare keys. The technique that spells Basie sound could be heard right in the intro of his “Honeysuckle Rose” performance. And Basie knew if he had your feet, your heart and soul would follow. Love the call-and-response effect between brass and reeds sections near the end.