Pete La Roca ‎– Basra

Blue Note ‎– ST-84205, Music Matters Ltd. ‎– MMBST-84205
2 × Vinyl, 12", Album, Stereo, 45 RPM, Limited Edition, Remastered, Reissue, 180gr, Gatefold

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A Malaguena
Written-By – Ernesto Lecuona
B1 Candu
Written-By – Pete La Roca
B2 Tears Come From Heaven
Written-By – Pete La Roca
C Basra
Written-By – Pete La Roca
D1 Lazy Afternoon
Written-By – Moross*, Latouche*
D2 Eiderdown
Written-By – Steve Swallow

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Recorded on May 19, 1965.

Edition limited to 2,500 copies

Sticker says Acoustech Mastering, Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman but runouts show just Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio (Hoffman did sign the ones he helped master).

Everything that drummer Pete La Roca did before making Basra was a prelude in his career, and all of his later accomplishments are anti-climatic in comparison with this album. In 1965 La Roca, a respected but somewhat obscure drummer gathered together an unbelievable quartet comprised of Joe Henderson, pianist Steve Kuhn and bassist Steve Swallow for the Basra album. This was the only time that this group ever played together yet they sound very much like a major band that had been performing this music for years. Henderson is in astounding form, inspiring the other musicians to create famous versions of "Lazy Afternoon," "Eiderdown" and "Malaguena," renditions that are not only memorable but became the definitive way to play these songs. La Roca contributed three colorful originals that deserved to become standards while his very stimulating drumming helped to bring out the very best in the players. But it is Joe Henderson who lifts Basra into the cosmos, making the album magical and one of the must-hear recordings of the mid-1960s.

Label is blue and white, with "45 Stereo Long Playing" "Blue Note Records Inc • New York USA".

Back cover reads "43 West 61st St., New York 23".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: MMST 84205-A KPG@CA P 20463.1 (3)
  • Matrix / Runout: MMST 84205-B KPG@CA P 20463.2 (3)
  • Matrix / Runout: MMST 84205-C KPG@CA P 20463.3 (3)
  • Matrix / Runout: MMST 84205-D KPG@CA P 20463.4 (3)

Other Versions (5 of 17) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BLP 4205 Pete La Roca Basra(LP, Album, Mono) Blue Note BLP 4205 US 1965 Sell This Version
CDP 7243 8 32091 2 5, B2-32091 Pete La Roca Basra(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Blue Note, Blue Note CDP 7243 8 32091 2 5, B2-32091 US 1995 Sell This Version
GXK-8129, BST 84205 Pete La Roca Basra(LP, Album, RE) Blue Note, Blue Note GXK-8129, BST 84205 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
7243 8 75259 2 4 Pete La Roca Basra(CD, Album, Copy Prot., RE, RM) Blue Note 7243 8 75259 2 4 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
TOCJ-9104 Pete La Roca Basra(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Blue Note TOCJ-9104 Japan 1999 Sell This Version



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March 30, 2019

Remastered to perfection, quality pressing at 45RPM, nice thick gatefold cover, one of my all time favorite jazz albums from 60`s, i`m happy.