The melody derived from band members' riffs--Basie rarely wrote down musical ideas, so Eddie Durham and Buster Smith helped him crystallize his ideas.
The original recording of the tune by Basie and his band is noted for the saxophone work of Herschel Evans and Lester Youngtrumpet by Buck ClaytonWalter Page on bass and Basie himself on piano.
They used it to close each of their concerts for the next half century. Inthe song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
The song is typical of Basie's early riff style. The instrumentation is based on " head arrangements " where each section makes up their part based on what the other sections are Do Your Own Time - A.C.
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Lionel Hampton used the song as his theme song for a while as well. Basie later released " Jumpin' at the Woodside " in a similar style. A popular jazz standard for virtually all top swing bands and their fans and jitterbuggers, it was part of the concert bill for Benny Goodman's famous concert at Carnegie Hall.
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