Ideally, this disc would have received the All Music Guide "first purchase" designation. That, anyway, seems to have been the compilers' intention, i.e., to assemble on a single album the basic tracks that would give a neophyte a good sense of the artist's overall work. Covering 25 years and drawing material from three record companies -- Decca, Columbia, and Roulette -- the selection presents many songs closely associated with Count Basie during his career, and it includes enough memorable performances, featuring notable ...