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January 12, 2010

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John P. Cooper

I remember when STANDING OVATION on the DOT label was released. It was an oasis in a desert of dismal Basie albums that had been coming out in the 60s on Verve that were so commercial and so un-naturally recorded, along with a couple of LPs on Command and one bizarre Beatles cover LP on label I have forgotten with notes by Ringo Starr, IIRC. Instant cut-out.

DOT was a very commercial label that was big on pop tunes and older big bands playing current pop tunes or re-recording their old hits in stereo. It was very hit and miss, but STANDING OVATION revived the Basie band on record. And it still sound great today.

ray lacroix


As a 96 year old big band fan I will always remember the thrill of hearing the baisie big band and still enjoy his recordings to this day . I think I was priviliged to have lived in Basie time.

Ray Lacroix

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