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Best of the Roulette Years
     

The Best of the Roulette Years

by Count Basie
 
Eight years after Count Basie's death, Capitol Records released this handy 20-song collection of his most notable tracks from the years 1957-1962 that he spent on Roulette Records. The collection opens with the most fruitful component of his relationship with the label, his recordings of Neal Hefti's material and arrangements, beginning with the swinging "Kid From Red

Overview

Eight years after Count Basie's death, Capitol Records released this handy 20-song collection of his most notable tracks from the years 1957-1962 that he spent on Roulette Records. The collection opens with the most fruitful component of his relationship with the label, his recordings of Neal Hefti's material and arrangements, beginning with the swinging "Kid From Red Bank" off of The Atomic Mr. Basie, and also includes "The Late Late Show" from The Complete Atomic Basie, but it ranges far beyond that, to Basie's smooth 1960 re-recording of "Jive at Five" and material from the tail-end of his association with Roulette, such as "Lullaby Of Birdland." The selections are confined to the best representative tracks of the band by itself -- none of Basie's work as an accompanist to Tony Bennett or any other singers is here -- and that's an entertaining and enlightening body of work, cool ("Cute") and hot ("Topsy"); the Hefti material is the strongest here, but composers ranging from Basie himself and flatist Frank Wess (whose "Segue in C" is a highlight here), as well as arranger Quincy Jones, get their best heard as well. Two CDs might be more appropriate for a more comprehensive collection, that would include a broader selection of the hundreds of tracks that Basie left behind, and the more recent Atomic Swing CD has better sound, but this mid-priced CD collection is a good introduction for the novice.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/1992
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0077779796922
catalogNumber:
97969

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano,Track Performer
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Budd Johnson   Saxophone
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Billy Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Saxophone
Seldon Powell   Trombone
Ed Jones   Bass
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Aarons   Trumpet
Benny Carter   Saxophone
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Saxophone
Frank Foster   Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Saxophone
Sam Herman   Guitar
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Sonny Payne   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Frank Wess   Flute,Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Harry Edison   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Norman Bates   Liner Notes
Benny Carter   Composer
Billy Bird   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Teddy McRae   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Henry J. Wood   Composer

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