When Young complained of Herschel Evans ' vibrato, Basie placed them on either side of the alto players, and soon had the tenor players engaged in "duels". Many other bands later adapted the split tenor arrangement. In that city in October , the band had a recording session which the producer John Hammond later described as "the only perfect, completely perfect recording session I've ever had anything to do with".
After Vocalion became a subsidiary of Columbia Records in , "Boogie Woogie" was released in as part of a four-record compilation album entitled Boogie Woogie Columbia album C By then, Basie's sound was characterized by a "jumping" beat and the contrapuntal accents of his own piano. He also hired arrangers who knew how to maximize the band's abilities, such as Eddie Durham and Jimmy Mundy. When Basie took his orchestra to New York in , they made the Woodside Hotel in Harlem their base they often rehearsed in its basement.
Basie recalled a review, which said something like, "We caught the great Count Basie band which is supposed to be so hot he was going to come in here and set the Roseland on fire. Well, the Roseland is still standing". The producer John Hammond continued to advise and encourage the band, and they soon came up with some adjustments, including softer playing, more solos, and more standards.
They paced themselves to save their hottest numbers for later in the show, to give the audience a chance to warm up. Hammond introduced Basie to Billie Holiday , whom he invited to sing with the band. Holiday did not record with Basie, as she had her own record contract and preferred working with small combos.
There were often no musical notations made. Once the musicians found what they liked, they usually were able to repeat it using their "head arrangements" and collective memory. Next, Basie played at the Savoy , which was noted more for lindy-hopping , while the Roseland was a place for fox-trots and congas. Basie had Holiday, and Webb countered with the singer Ella Fitzgerald. Throughout the fight, which never let down in its intensity during the whole fray, Chick took the aggressive, with the Count playing along easily and, on the whole, more musically scientifically.
Undismayed by Chick's forceful drum beating, which sent the audience into shouts of encouragement and appreciation and casual beads of perspiration to drop from Chick's brow onto the brass cymbals, the Count maintained an attitude of poise and self-assurance.
He constantly parried Chick's thundering haymakers with tantalizing runs and arpeggios which teased more and more force from his adversary. The publicity over the big band battle, before and after, gave the Basie band a boost and wider recognition. A few months later, Holiday left for Artie Shaw 's band. Hammond introduced Helen Humes , whom Basie hired; she stayed with Basie for four years.
Basie's man band began playing at the Famous Door , a mid-town nightspot with a CBS network feed and air conditioning , which Hammond was said to have bought the club in return for their booking Basie steadily throughout the summer of Their fame took a huge leap. On February 19, , Count Basie and his Orchestra opened a four-week engagement at Southland in Boston, and they broadcast over the radio on 20 February. Dance hall bookings were down sharply as swing began to fade, the effects of the musicians' strikes of —44 and began to be felt, and the public's taste grew for singers.
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