Blues For Ilean – Eric Dixon

This riff blues head was originally recorded by Count Basie's big band; it has that classic Basie swing. However, our lead sheet comes from Eric Dixon's later sextet recording. Eric's arrangement from this version is available, including a two-chorus "shout" section before the out head.

Eric Dixon

March 28, 1930 – October 19, 1989

Known as "Big Daddy," Eric Dixon was closely associated with Count Basie's big band for much of his career. A unique tenor sax stylist in the tradition of Basie band soloists such as Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Paul Quinichette, Dixon also wrote several arrangements for the band, often featuring himself on both tenor and flute. He was a member of the Basie band from the early '60s through the '80s, staying with the band after the leader's death in 1984. Read more...

2 songs available.