Steve Futterman
June 04, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Basie Bunch Too Marvelous for Words

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Vanguard
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A-

Lovers of 1950s mainstream jazz have long wondered if the riches first released by Vanguard Records would ever again see the light of day in the CD era. These two samplers cull gorgeous tracks from undervalued pianist Powell’s three albums for the label, as well as a contingent of Count Basie band stars including trumpeter Buck Clayton and drummer Jo Jones. If swing’s heyday was over, nobody informed these masterly players.
The Best Things In Life: A
Too Marvelous for Words: A-

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