Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

April 12, 2021

Count Basie, “Straight Ahead” (Dot Records LP, 1968)

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 12:35 am

Basie’s albums from the mid-sixties through the early seventies are not much heard or discussed nowadays outside the core of Basie specialists and people who bought the LP when it originally came out. Basie’s album with vocalist Kay Starr from the same period was shared here recently, and was well-received, so how about another gem, with all tracks composed and arranged by Sammy Nestico, who would become an important part of Basie’s organization. Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis is featured on tenor sax. At least this album, unlike many other Basie albums from this era, has been reissued on CD (by GRP in 1998….23 years ago!).

The album must have been somewhat popular as there is a second pressing a few years later on the ABC-Dot label, which seems to be the most inexpensive way to score an original vinyl copy nowadays.

A1 Basie – Straight Ahead 3:53
A2 It’s Oh, So Nice 4:09
A3 Lonely Street 2:50
A4 Fun Time 3:52
A5 Magic Flea 3:08
B1 Switch In Time 3:57
B2 Hay Burner 4:13
B3 That Warm Feeling 3:30
B4 The Queen Bee 4:10

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