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Count Basie Collection 1937-39 (3CD)

Count Basie Collection 1937-39 (3CD)

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William “Count” Basie was one of the most innovative and influential personalities in jazz during the middle decades of the 20th century.

Basie’s music transcends the worlds of small group jazz, big band music, swing and R&B, with many future stars of the genre coming to prominence playing with his orchestra. Having honed his skills with Bennie Moten’s band in Kansas City, he formed his own orchestra in 1936 after Moten’s death and after a lengthy engagement in Chicago signed to Decca.

This 3CD set includes his releases for Decca during those years, which laid down a marker as to the talent and style of his bands, and constitute a significant and satisfying body of work.

The collection features many of his well-known compositions like One O’Clock Jump, Blue And Sentimental, Blues In The Dark, along with some of the classic standards of the era. A number of the tracks feature vocals by the great singers Jimmy Rushing and Helen Humes, and among the predominantly big band recordings are some by Basie with a trio comprising Fred Green, Walter Page and Jo Jones. Among the other musicians in his line-up were Buck Clayton, Lester Young, Harry Edison and Dickie Wells.


REVIEWS

Nothing can be more welcome than the rerelease of this superb collection of 78s which have been out of the catalogues for some time. These 63 gems are all the A and B sides of Basie's earliest band recorded during its Decca period, 1937 to 1939. It is hard to imagine what was the sensational impact on the New York jazz world when Bill Basie and his Kansas City band arrived there in 1935, breathing fire... Wild and spontaneous, here is where it all started with the band called the Magnificent Swing Machine. It is 84 years since Basie recorded these tunes but there is no need to make allowances for the passage of time. Here they are again in 2021 and still fresh as daisies, thanks to brilliant remastering by, that doyen of sound engineers, the late John RT Davies - John Martin (Jazz Rag Issue 165)

A subststantial, thorough and enlightening overview of this key era of Basie's career - Pete Lay (Just Jazz Issue 276)

It would take much, much more than the space afforded here to do justice to this outstanding release and to provide more than a cursory round up of the highlights contained therein. It's always satisfying to read that a set contains the complete recordings of an artist during the defined period and that's what Acrobat have provided here...  One of the sets of the year without doubt. - Gerry Stonestreet (In Tune Issue 350)

Covering just two years from January 1937 to January 1939, it contains pretty much all you need to appreciate why this edition of the pianist's band was rightly regarded as a game-changer. Although there may be those who question why we need yet another edition of material long familiar to record buyers, it's worth remembering that somewhere there may be millennial jazz fans who've never heard a note of this music. I for one cannot imagine a richer feast for anyone curious as to the ingredients of ‘swing’. In clear sound, with helpful booklet notes and available at bargain price, this makes a great introduction to anyone who may only know Basie from the Atomic period onwards. Highly recommended. **** - Simon Spillett (Jazzwise Issue 263)


Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Pennies From Heaven  Count Basie & His Orch.
2 Swinging At The Daisy Chain  Count Basie & His Orch.
3 Honeysuckle Rose  Count Basie & His Orch.
4 Roseland Shuffle  Count Basie & His Orch.
5 Boo Hoo  Count Basie & His Orch.
6 The Glory Of Love  Count Basie & His Orch.
7 Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong)  Count Basie & His Orch.
8 Exactly Like You  Count Basie & His Orch.
9 One O'clock Jump  Count Basie & His Orch.
10 John's Idea  Count Basie & His Orch.
11 Listen My Children And You Shall Hear  Count Basie & His Orch.
12 (You Know It All) Smarty  Count Basie & His Orch.
13 Good Morning Blues  Count Basie & His Orch.
14 Good Morning Blues  Count Basie & His Orch.
15 Our Love Was Meant To Be  Count Basie & His Orch.
16 Let Me Dream Count Basie & His Orch.
17 Time Out  Count Basie & His Orch.
18 I Keep Remembering (Someone I Should Forget) Count Basie & His Orch.
19 Out The Window  Count Basie & His Orch.
20 Georgianna  Count Basie & His Orch.
21 Blues In The Dark  Count Basie & His Orch.
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 Every Tub   Count Basie & His Orch.
2 Now Will You Be Good?  Count Basie & His Orch.
3 Don't You Miss Your Baby  Count Basie & His Orch.
4 Topsy Count Basie & His Orch.
5 Sent For You Yesterday, And Here You Come Today Count Basie & His Orch.
6 Swinging The Blues  Count Basie & His Orch.
7 Blue And Sentimental  Count Basie & His Orch.
8 Doggin' Around Count Basie & His Orch.
9 Stop Beatin' Round The Mulberry Bush   Count Basie & His Orch.
10 Stop Beatin' Round The Mulberry Bush   Count Basie & His Orch.
11 London Bridge Is Fallin' Down  Count Basie & His Orch.
12 Texas Shuffle  Count Basie & His Orch.
13 Mama Don't Want No Peas An' Rice An' Coconut Oil Count Basie & His Orch.
14 Jumping At The Woodside  Count Basie & His Orch.
15 Dark Rapture  Count Basie & His Orch.
16 Do You Wanna Jump, Children? Count Basie & His Orch.
17 Panassie Stomp Count Basie & His Orch.
18 My Heart Belongs To Daddy  Count Basie & His Orch.
19 Sing For Your Supper 9  Count Basie & His Orch.
20 Blame It On My Last Affair  Count Basie & His Orch.
21 Blame It On My Last Affair  Count Basie & His Orch.
Disc 3
Track Title Artist
1 The Blues I Like To Hear  Count Basie & His Orch.
2 Thursday  Count Basie & His Orch.
3 Shorty George  Count Basie & His Orch.
4 Boogie Woogie  Count Basie & His Orch.
5 How Long, How Long Blues  Count Basie & His Orch.
6 Cherokee  Count Basie & His Orch.
7 Cherokee (Pt.2)   Count Basie & His Orch.
8 The Dirty Dozens  Count Basie & Trio 
9 When The Sun Goes Down   Count Basie & Trio 
10 When The Sun Goes Down  Count Basie & Trio 
11 Oh Lady Be Good Count Basie & His Orch.
12 You Can Depend On Me  Count Basie & His Orch.
13 Hey Lawdy Mama  Count Basie & Trio 
14 The Fives  Count Basie & Trio 
15 Oh Red  Count Basie & Trio 
16 Fare Thee Honey, Fare Thee Well  Count Basie & Trio 
17 Fare Thee Honey, Fare Thee Well  Count Basie & Trio 
18 Evil Blues  Count Basie & His Orch.
19 Jive At Five  Count Basie & His Orch.
20 Dupree Blues  Count Basie & Trio 
21 Red Wagon  Count Basie & Trio 
  • Artist:
    Count Basie & His Orch.
  • EAN:
    8240469104525
  • Discs:
    3
  • FORMAT:
    CD
  • Release:
    February 2021
  • Product Code:
    ACTRCD9105
  • Weight:
    0.2kg