This gathering of "Old Testament" and "New Testament" Basieites expands upon the sextet format of the previous For Basie (OJC-978) by adding a baritone sax and a second trumpet to the front line. Since the baritone belongs to Jack Washington, who received his most extensive blowing room on record on this date, and the new trumpeter is swing giant Buck Clayton, the results are particularly memorable. The material from the 1937-40 period includes two of Jimmy Rushing’s blues classics ("The Blues I Like to Hear" and "Baby Don’t Tell on Me"), Lester Young’s feature "Roseland Shuffle" from the Basie band’s first recording session, the Young/Herschel Evans "battle" piece "John’s Idea," and Clayton’s propulsive "Love Jumped Out." "Vice Pres" Paul Quinichette, trumpeter Shad Collins, a very Countish Nat Pierce on piano, and rhythm All-Americans Freddie Green, Eddie Jones, and Jo Jones also contribute to the success of this tribute.
with Buck Clayton, Shad Collins, Jack Washington, Nat Pierce, Freddie Greene, Eddie Jones, Jo Jones