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Well, we heard Billie with Goodman on What a Little Moonlight Can Do and Strange Fruit with Frank Newton and his Café Society Orchestra…now, let’s hear her Swing, Brother, Swing with the master of swing, Count Basie!
This recording was one of two sides that were recorded for air checks on 06/30/1937 (New York City- Savoy Ballroom (Harlem)-MBS Broadcast by WOR): They Can´t Take That Away and Swing, Brother, Swing” (Columbia CL 1759). A few more tracks were recorded that day (including Jimmy Rushing on vocals), but Holiday was not featured.
Here’s the line-up:
Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Billie Holiday, Jimmy Rushing (vocals); Jack Washington (alto & baritone saxophones); Earl Warren (alto saxophone, clarinet); Hershel Evans, Lester Young (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Bobby Moore, Bobby Hicks (trumpet); George Hunt, Eddie Durham (trombone, guitar); Dan Minor, Benny Morton (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); Walter Page (bass); Jo Jones (drums).
The tune starts of with four bars from the band before Billie jumps in…
Billie sings through the AABA form twice with the band supporting her — nothing better than the All-American Rhythm section to have behind you!
Here’s the tune: