Harry Edison's composition "One for the Count" could easily have been the name of this CD, for the album observes two of the tenets by which Count Basie lived his musical life, swing and the blues. Edison was a trumpet mainstay of the band often considered Basie's greatest. His companion here, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, starred on tenor sax in a later edition of the band. Both men were fully immersed in the Basie tradition that is so handsomely played out here. Backed by a rhythm section featuring the highly regarded pianist Dolo Coker, Edison and Davis explore a few of the endless possibilities of the blues. "Simply Sweets," the title tune, is not a blues but has a heavy component of blue genes in its makeup. "My Ideal" and "Feelings," hit songs, respectively, of the Forties and the Seventies, get gorgeous ballad interpretations from Edison and Davis.