Count Basie: “Good Time Blues”

The sense from “Feel Good Blues” is that this was the Count Basie Band just having a whole of fun. There are smiles all around and Basie talks over the music a couple of times. The Count samples at least two standards (“Blues in the Night” and “Salt Peanuts”) at the start. There may be others that I don’t recognize.

Nothing sounds quite as good and distinctive as The Count Basie Orchestra. The lineup, according to the video: Freddie Green (guitar), Cleveland Eaton II (bass), Gregg Field (drums), Jo Jones (guest, drums), Sonny Cohen, Peter MInger, Darle Carley and Frank Szabo on trumpets, Bill Hughes, Dennis Wilson, Grover Mitchell and Booty Wood (trombones), Bobby Platter (saxophone), Kenny Hing and Eric Dixon (tenor sax), Danny Turner (alto sax) and Johnny Williams Jr. (baritone sax).

Nobody was cooler than Count Basie. Check him out here and here as well.

Here is “The Count Meets the Duke” — i.e., Msesrs. Basie and Ellington — and Basie’s autobiography, “Good Morning Blues,” at Amazon. The Reprise recordings of Frank Sinatra and Basie is available at iTunes.

Our New Things: Links to Music Sites and Info on Analog Tech and Vinyl

TDMB has focused on music and musicians. We will continue to do that, of course. We're also expanding our coverage to include vinyl and analog equipment.

More specifically, we'll look at this huge and interesting world from the perspective of music lovers who want a better experience, not committed non-audiophiles.

Check out is some of what we've written so far:

-- Assessing the Value of Vinyl Records: An Overview

-- 7 Quick Tips on Optimizing Your Turntable Cartridge

-- Why Vinyl Records Continue to Thrive

-- Finding the Best Amplifier

-- Finding the Best Phono Preamp

-- What Speakers Do I Need for My Turntable?

Check out more articles on analog equipment and vinyl.

The site also is home to The Internet Music Mapping Project, an effort to list and describe as many music-related sites as possible.

Our Music

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.


What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.


The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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