Album of the Day: Count Basie – The Complete Decca Recordings (1992)
Another day of being a temporary bachelor (the family is back on Friday around dinner-time) and the house is full of music played loudly.
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.
– Scott Yanow, AllMusic