Wash – Eric Dixon
This bouncy medium-up swinger (based on the standard 'S Wonderful) was originally recorded by the Count Basie big band, but it works in a combo setting as well.
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- Recording: Count Basie - Jumpin' With Basie
- Recorded on: December 2-3, 1962
- Label: Vogue (JL 71)
- Concert Key: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Al Aarons, Thad Jones, Fip Ricard, Sonny Cohn
- Trombone - Henry Coker, Grover Mitchell, Benny Powell
- Alto Sax - Marshal Royal, Frank Wess
- Tenor Sax, Flute - Eric Dixon
- Tenor Sax - Frank Foster
- Bari Sax - Charlie Fowlkes
- Piano - Count Basie
- Guitar - Freddie Green
- Bass - Buddy Catlett
- Drums - Sonny Payne
In the big band arrangement, the saxes have the melody with rhythmic brass punctuations; these are shown as hits below the staff in our lead sheet. The arrangement never goes back to the head at the end, instead going from a shout chorus directly to a vamp that fades out. In a combo setting, the last note of the head can be used for an abrupt ending.
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...