Count Basie: My Band—Past and Present

From, Count Basie is interviewed in New York in 1963 by Max Barker and talks about many of his former bandmembers. From the interview:

“Lester Young, who I would like to mention, was in a class by himself. Definitely a stylist and an originator.” Has Basie retained Freddie Greene  because he prefers to hear a guitar in a rhythm section or only because he happens to be an essential ingredient of the band? “Well, it is both. He is a sort of hold-together. A guy you hear, yet don’t hear, but always know whether he is there or not. Not a soloist of any kind, but a lot as far as holding things together is concerned.”

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