CD Review: Count Basie — Blues By Basie

Sony Music have released 16 albums which are re-issues of the famous Original Columbia Jazz Classics.
This album and the Benny Goodman album are part of the collection.
Count Basie‘s album Blues By Basie is a swinging tribute to the blues. Many of his famous stalwarts are in this band: Buck Clayton and Harry ‗Sweets‘ Edison (trumpets), Dicky Wells and Buddy Tate (trombones), Lester Young, Don Byas and Charlie Rouse (saxes), Serge Chaloff (baritone sax), Buddy de Franco (clarinet), Freddie Green (guitar) Walter Page (bass), Jo Jones and Buddy Rich (drums) and the man himself on piano and organ. The 12 tracks include: Way Back Blues; Bugle Blues; Take Me Back Baby; Royal Garden Blues and I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town; Tootie; Nobody Knows and I Still think Of Her. As usual, Basie‘s minimalist band-leading style allows the soloists free rein and they all rise to the occasion.
This album will appeal to all big band fans and those that like their blues served in a swinging style.
Although the recordings are from sessions between 1939 and 1950 the re-mastered sound quality is excellent .
It is 26 years since the Count passed on and Blues By Basie is a great way in which to remember his genius.6
The liner notes offer interesting‘ opinions from the era: In those days, what we now know as rhythm and blues, records were called race‘ records and even then an occasional folk blues hit the big time and was picked up by pop artists. One such was Outskirts Of Town by a guitarist and blues shouter named Bill Weldon (Casey Bill) and was first popularized by Willie ‘Big Bill‘ Broonzy. The Basie Band and Jimmy Rushing polished it up a bit and made it swing more than ever before