Much of the great music of the early Count Basie library was built on short musical ideas called riffs. Swing State provides young players with the opportunity to experience this style at the very easy grade level. The catchy melodic ideas, blues based changes, and an open solo section with suggested or ad lib solos make this chart an ideal teaching and performance vehicle. Playable with optional reduced or expanded instrumentations, its right in the pocket in the best Basie tradition. Highly recommended!