There are flaws with this DVD, primarily having to do with video. Many of the numbers are quite murky, especially the 2 songs featuring Billie Holiday (which are available in pristine video on other DVDs). Nevertheless, NOBODY swings like Basie. You get 17 songs in 37 minutes, some with Big Band (4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxes, piano, bass and drums) and more with a smaller combo (piano, bass, drums, clarinet, sax, trumpet, guitar). Vocalists include Helen Humes, Ethel Waters and Jimmy Rushing. On bonus tracks, Fats Waller's mugging and playing is shown in 3 numbers: "Your Feets Too Big", "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose".
Several of the selections have excellent video, especially the Big Band selections. There is a slight discrepancy in the synching of the sound and the video, but it is close enough to not be irritating. Despite the flaws, which would normally drop the star rating to a 3 or 4, Basie's PLAYING is worth a 6 or 7!!!