George Bassman is not well known for his movie scores for a very good reason. He didn't write many and the only other film of any real note whose score he provided was 'Marty' the 1955 drama that saw Ernest Borgnine win an academy award. Bassman worked on a lot of movies but predominantly as an orchestrator and composer of incidental music. A function he served on a handful of Marx Brothers films while they were at MGM so he's an ok guy by me. His back ground was in dance bands and Broadway so most of his work was on those kind of movies but, I agree, his work on Ride the High Country is first rate.
When you said 'older western fan' I wasn't sure if you meant 'fans of older westerns' or 'western fans who are older' but seeing as though I qualify on both counts it's not surprising that I am a big fan of Ride the High Country. 'The Wild Bunch' is on a grander scale but RTHC is a beautifully made film that is a lot more low key and personal. More character than action driven and it features possibly the best career performances from McCrea and Scott.
Glad you liked it MWAN. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to explore the better westerns beyond spaghettiland.