Chip Deffaa
December 17, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

Giving this documentary, Count Basie: Swingin’ the Blues, exceptional lift is a bountiful supply of Basie’s music-even colleagues’ recollections are underscored by propulsive Basie numbers. (Music consultant Phil Schaap deserves special praise.) Shots of zestful lindy hoppers add visual appeal. You won’t learn much about Basie’s personal life here, but his music tells a rich enough tale. A

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