BASIE, Count: Then As Now, Count's the King


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Count Basie: Then As Now, Count's the King
Keys, Gary - Television Director

Playing Time: 01:10:35
Catalogue Number: MVD5072D
UPC: 760137507291

Jazz great William "Count" Basie comes back to life in this rich documentary, which traces the history of the pianist, composer, and bandleader over several decades. Filmmaker Gary Keys juxtaposes a roundtable discussion among old cats from the Count Basie Orchestra with recorded performances, including a cameo performance in the film Blazing Saddles.

Archival clips and a gallery of portraits and snapshots show the ever-smiling face of a man as vivacious as the grooves he delivers - his good humor suffusing the music and the players going at it all around him, from Lester Young to Ella Fitzgerald.

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