Count Basie's final Roulette recordings before his band would drift artistically throughout the troublesome 1960s, these Stockholm concerts feature Basie's orchestra still in peak form with such soloists as trumpeter Thad Jones, trombonists Quentin Jackson and Benny Powell, Frank Wess on flute and tenor, tenorman Frank Foster, and guest trumpeter Benny Bailey. Highlights include "Good Time Blues," "Blues Backstage," and Irene Reid's outing on "Backwater Blues." ~ Scott Yanow
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- Guard Sessions 53-54/55-56 (Smith, Keely)