In his autobiography, Miles Davis wrote that as a seven or eight year old kid in his native East St. Louis, he often came to school too late. He just had to listen to the daily 8:45 a.m. "Harlem Rhythms" radio program. One of the orchestras that especially fascinated the youngster was Count Basie's big band. To this day, the band continues to impress the jazz world. MPS scored a coup when they were able to set up a recording date with the Basie orchestra. It took place on October 20th, 1969 at Universal Studios in Chicago. As agreed upon, the band brought along standards from the Basie book, and the Count fulfilled MPS head Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer's wish that Basie play longer piano passages than usual; normally Basie limited himself to a short riff here and there. "The way Basie and his orchestra played reminded me of a top long distance runner," producer Sonny Lester commented in the liner notes to the album. He went on to say that the band's playing was, "disciplined, clean, with such a feel for timing and teamwork that you had the feeling that every band member was guided by the same brain." The best-known names in that particular group were tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and guitarist Freddie Green, who was a Basie mainstay over the decades. The Count, whose name was actually William James Basie, died in 1984 at the age of 79.