Count Basie

The Complete Decca Recordings

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The Complete Decca Recordings Review

by Scott Yanow

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
1 Count Basie 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
2 Count Basie 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
3 Count Basie 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
4 Count Basie 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
5 Count Basie 02:43 SpotifyAmazon
6 Count Basie 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
7 Count Basie 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
8 Count Basie 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
9 Count Basie 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
10 Count Basie 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
11 Count Basie 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
12 Count Basie 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
13 Count Basie 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
14 Count Basie 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
15 Count Basie 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
16 Count Basie 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
17 Count Basie 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
18 Count Basie 02:47
19 Count Basie 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
20 Count Basie 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
21 Count Basie 03:09 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Count Basie 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
2 Count Basie 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
3 Count Basie 02:58
4 Count Basie 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
5 Count Basie 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
6 Count Basie 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
7 Count Basie 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
8 Count Basie 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
9 Count Basie 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
10 Count Basie 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
11 Count Basie 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
12 Count Basie 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
13 Count Basie 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
14 Count Basie 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
15 Count Basie 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
16 Count Basie 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
17 Count Basie 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
18 Count Basie 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
19 Count Basie 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
20 Count Basie 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
21 Count Basie 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
22 Count Basie 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
23 Count Basie 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
24 Count Basie 02:47 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Count Basie 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
2 Count Basie 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
3 Count Basie 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
4 Count Basie 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
5 Count Basie 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
6 Count Basie 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
7 Count Basie 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
8 Count Basie 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
9 Count Basie 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
10 Count Basie 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
11 Count Basie 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
12 Count Basie 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
13 Count Basie 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
14 Count Basie 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
15 Count Basie 02:51 SpotifyAmazon
16 Count Basie 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
17 Count Basie 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
18 Count Basie 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
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