Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Count Basie - "Then As Now, Count's The King" DVD

A loving 70-minute tribute to the legendary jazz pianist extraordinaire, "Then As Now" is unusual in that it paints a vivid picture of the man through a roundtable discussion among some of his old bandmates and friends. As well, a plethora of visual aids (vintage clips and photos) make these remembrances come alive. There are plenty of humorous stories and experiences discussed (including Basie's work with such greats as Billie Holliday, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, and others) and the respect and fondness these old jazzmen have for Basie is considerable and palpable. As a documentary on the beloved man, this one's full of insight and warmth. Quality work, and worth a look for anyone interested in Basie's prestigious perch in the pantheon of American music. (MVD Visual)

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