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Jazz - Released June 1, 2012 | Fresh Sound Records

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - The Qobuz Standard
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1981 | Fantasy Records

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
This big-band album finds Count Basie (at age 77) and his orchestra performing seven charts by longtime friend Sammy Nestico, including six originals and "Satin Doll." Trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison sits in on "How Sweet It Is" and trumpeter Willie Cook has a couple of strong spots, but it is the classic Basie ensemble sound that is this enjoyable studio session's strongest asset. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released September 24, 2001 | Parlophone UK

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
The Count Basie Orchestra is heard on this album playing live at a disc-jockey convention in Miami. Their first of three sets took place at 2 a.m. but the late hour if anything kept the band loose. Most of the selections on this record were not recorded during that era, including fine charts on "In a Mellow Tone" and "Moten Swing." ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1984 | Concord Records, Inc.

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
One of Basie's final albums, the very appealing title cut seems to sum up his career, a lightly swinging groove with a strong melody. Two small-group performances with guest Joe Pass on guitar and the tenor of Kenny Hing add variety to a particularly strong set. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released February 22, 2001 | Jazz Odyssey

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
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Jazz - Released September 4, 2009 | Parlophone UK

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2000 | Concord Records, Inc.

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
Count Basie's last-known album (recorded four months before his death), this big-band record gives no hints of the end nearing; in fact the music is quite upbeat and typically spirited. The Count Basie Orchestra never declined and its leader (who remained in his musical, if not physical prime) went out swinging. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1976 | Concord Records, Inc.

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
This is one of Count Basie's best big-band studio recordings for Norman Granz during his Pablo years. The arrangements by Bill Holman are both challenging and swinging, containing enough surprises to make this session a real standout. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1993 | Concord Records, Inc.

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
Five big-band selections (including a remake of the half-century-old "Moten Swing") and four songs featuring an octet from the orchestra comprise this excellent outing by Count Basie recorded only a little more than a year before his death. However, the spirit of this music (helped out by some Ernie Wilkins) arrangements) make Count Basie seem ageless. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released September 14, 2018 | Concord Jazz

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2009 | Concord Records, Inc.

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BASIE SWINGS STANDARDS is a collection culled from the Count Basie band’s late 1970s and early ‘80s recordings for Pablo Records. Most songs are standards from early in the 20th century, but they’re rendered in the Basie post-‘50s style--lots of joyfully brash brass, rich reeds, and brisk, modern swing. While devotees of modern Basie will no doubt have some or all of this material, BASIE SWINGS STANDARDS will be of importance to newcomers to and casual fans of big-band jazz.
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Jazz - Released May 19, 2014 | MPS

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1998 | Verve Records

This album gave the Count Basie Orchestra a rare chance to record an instrumental studio date in the late '60s. Arranger Sammy Nestico made his debut with Basie on this pleasant if unremarkable set of swingers and ballads. Tenors Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Eric Dixon (doubling on flute) are the standouts on this enjoyable session. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released November 4, 2016 | MPS

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1997 | Verve

One of the staples in the Count Basie discography, April in Paris is one of those rare albums that makes its mark as an almost instant classic in the jazz pantheon. April in Paris represents the reassembly of the original Count Basie orchestra that define swing in the 1930s and 1940s. The title track has come to define elegance in orchestral jazz. Though only ten tracks in its original release, seven alternate takes have now been incorporated into Verve's re-release of the original session tapes. Other key tracks include "Corner Pocket" and "Magic," both of which are also featured in the alternate takes. Recorded in 1955 and 1956, April in Paris proved Count Basie's ability to grow through modern jazz changes while keeping the traditional jazz orchestra vital and alive. ~ Christopher Fielder
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Pop - Released February 28, 2003 | Parlophone UK

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. ~ Bruce Eder
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Pop - Released September 4, 2009 | Parlophone UK

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Jazz - Released January 27, 2014 | Ace Records

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Jazz - Released November 4, 2016 | MPS

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