Count Basie – The Original American Decca Recordings

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The Original American Decca Recordings (also released as The Complete Decca Recordings) is a 1992 compilation 3-CD set of sessions led by jazz bandleader Count Basie recorded for the Decca label between 1937 and 1939.

For Allmusic Scott Yanow wrote “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… This is the first Count Basie collection to acquire and should be in every jazz collection”.

The Penguin Guide to Jazz identified this set as part of their suggested “Core Collection” of essential jazz albums and awarded the compilation a “Crown” signifying a recording that the authors “feel a special admiration or affection for”.