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The Count Basie Orchestra
Posted On 04/26/2008 20:50:34 by KenSanders

The Count Basie Orchestra performed in Nashville last night, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall was completely sold out.

Every single tune the Basie Band did was performed with the kind of passion that comes from really being “into” your music.  I could see it.....I could feel it.....the vibe was beyond comprehension. 
The arrangements, of course, were mesmerizing.  The tasty solos, and powerful shout choruses had everyone captured in the legacy being revealed right before them.  Drummer David F. Gibson was driving with the authority and confidence required to power the Basie Band.  From the whisper of a brush stroke to the blistering speed of his single stoke rolls, he was, absolutely awesome to watch.  He kicked butt!


These wonderful musicians, many 60+ years old, played with fire and energy that can’t be denied.  I feel fortunate to have been there last night and to have heard the magic of the timeless those Count Basie tunes.  The “magic” in my opinion was that the tunes were performed by the musicians who have stayed with the band even after William “Count” Basie’s passing.  What an absolute incredible performance.


Sometimes I enjoy music that is akin to a hamburger for dinner….simple and easy.  Last night was akin to a filet mignon with a bottle of fine Cabernet!  The artistry was (and I hate to use a cliché’ but that’s the only way describe it) breathtaking.


Tags: Drummer Dave Gibson


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