Count Basie

The Complete Decca Recordings

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This magnificent three-disc set has the first 63 recordings by Count Basie's Orchestra, all of his Deccas. The consistency is remarkable (with not more than two or three turkeys) and the music is the epitome of swing. With such soloists as Lester Young and Herschel Evans on tenors, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison, the great blues singer Jimmy Rushing, and that brilliant rhythm section of Basie, guitarist Freddie Green, bassist Walter Page, and drummer Jo Jones, the music is timeless. It's all here: "One O'Clock Jump," "Sent for You Yesterday," "Blue and Sentimental," "Jumpin' at the Woodside," "Jive at Five," and many others. This is the first Count Basie collection to acquire and should be in every jazz collection.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
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3 02:58
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5 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
6 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
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21 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
22 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
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Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
2 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
3 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
4 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
5 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
6 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
7 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
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12 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
13 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
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