Count Basie proves there are indeed second acts in American life. The pianist led one of the most popular jazz-oriented big bands in the 1930s, but his outfit of the `50s had a tremendous resurgence (that then carried into the `60s). Originally issued in 1962, ON MY WAY was Basie's debut for the Verve label, and featured the compositions of Neal Hefti. He was in part responsible for Basie's comeback, as he was among the key arrangers responsible for the band's brassy new sound. He was also a fine, witty composer (TV's BATMAN theme), and the Basie band adorns his pieces beautifully with plenty of swing to spare.