Basie is filmed in Sweden with sidemen Thad Jones, Snooky Young, Sonny Cohn, Al Aarons, Quentin Jackson, Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Eric Dixon, Frank Wess, Marshal Royal, Frank Foster, Charles Fowlkes, Eddie Jones, Sonny Payne, Freddie Green, and Irene Reid. Liner notes are provided by Chris Sheridan.
Jazz Icons: Count Basie features one of the greatest big band orchestras captured at the height of their considerable powers. Billed frequently as the "most explosive force in jazz," this recently discovered 60-minute concert, taped in Sweden in 1962, highlights the legendary musical talents of this 18-piece band which included such luminaries as Marshal Royal, Freddie Green, Quentin "Butter" Jackson, Frank Wess and sensational drummer Sonny Payne. This is the earliest known complete concert of Count Basie and his orchestra to be released on DVD. Stellar performances include "Corner Pocket," "Old Man River," and "One O'Clock Jump."