The Best of Early Basie

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All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Best of Count Basie Live contains a good portion of the live material that the Count Basie Orchestra recorded for Decca Records between 1936 and 1939. At the time, Basie's Orchestra contained such legendary players as Lester Young, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and Buck Clayton. About a third of the live sides the Orchestra recorded for Decca is included on the disc, and although this compilation isn't complete, it offers a good introduction for novice listeners.
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All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Best of Count Basie Live contains a good portion of the live material that the Count Basie Orchestra recorded for Decca Records between 1936 and 1939. At the time, Basie's Orchestra contained such legendary players as Lester Young, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and Buck Clayton. About a third of the live sides the Orchestra recorded for Decca is included on the disc, and although this compilation isn't complete, it offers a good introduction for novice listeners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/1996
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 011105065528
  • Catalog Number: 655

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Primary Artist, Piano
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Jo Jones Drums
Jimmy Rushing Vocals
Lester Young Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Benny Morton Trombone
Walter Page Bass
Shad Collins Trumpet
Eddie Durham Trombone, Electric Guitar
Herschel Evans Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Karl George Trumpet
Joe Keyes Trumpet
Dan Minor Trombone
Caughey Roberts Alto Saxophone
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Claude "Fiddler" Williams Guitar
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Bob Moore Trumpet
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Buck Clayton Arranger
Harry "Sweets" Edison Composer
Jimmy Rushing Composer
Loren Schoenberg Liner Notes
Andy Gibson Arranger, Composer
Buster Smith Arranger
Pinetop Smith Composer
Eddie Durham Arranger, Composer
Herschel Evans Composer
Fletcher Henderson Arranger
Ira Kaplan Composer
Orrin Keepnews Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Steve Lasker Digital Reprocessing
Jerry Livingston Composer
Edgar Battle Composer
Alba Acevedo Graphic Design
Mack David Composer
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