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Count Basie Features in Hits Daily Double “THE ROOTS OF ROCK AND SOUL, SONG BY SONG: THE 1930S”

March 7th, 2019

 

Count Basie, “One O’Clock Jump” (Decca, 1937): This fusion of African-American sexuality with the polite sound of big band music—which, somehow, swung while the tuxedo-encased hips crowding the dance floor remained stiff, even as they did the Lindy past midnight—cracked open the door for the collision of black and white music. On this Count Basie nugget, the brass-driven arrangement keeps spiraling tighter and tighter, like a wind-up toy, until the last half-minute, when the horn section finally steps forward and blows a melodic hook for the ages, in a key early example of the goose-bump moment. An exhilarating blend of peak-period swing and early R&B, “One O’Clock Jump” was a smash during the height of high society, as the blues rolled uptown in a long, black limousine.

 

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