Atomic Swing

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Released in 1999 to cash in on the resurgence of interest in swing music among post-baby boomers, Atomic Swing manages to transcend its immediate commercial purpose. It is the first 20-bit remastering of the Roulette library, and the sound quality alone makes it worth picking up. The 13 tracks present were cut by Basie over a six-year period with Morris Levy's Roulette Records, and they're a strong mix despite only three of the numbers coming off of the legendary Atomic Mr. Basie album. Most of the rest is from afterwards -- amazingly, only two of the numbers here -- "The Late, Late Show" and "Taps Miller" -- overlap with Capitol's existing Best of the Roulette Years, so ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Released in 1999 to cash in on the resurgence of interest in swing music among post-baby boomers, Atomic Swing manages to transcend its immediate commercial purpose. It is the first 20-bit remastering of the Roulette library, and the sound quality alone makes it worth picking up. The 13 tracks present were cut by Basie over a six-year period with Morris Levy's Roulette Records, and they're a strong mix despite only three of the numbers coming off of the legendary Atomic Mr. Basie album. Most of the rest is from afterwards -- amazingly, only two of the numbers here -- "The Late, Late Show" and "Taps Miller" -- overlap with Capitol's existing Best of the Roulette Years, so duplication is a minimum, and the sound is amazingly good. The brass on "Moten Swing" and the broader numbers has equally impressive measures of richness and presence, while softer, moodier pieces like "The Midnight Sun Never Sets" display surprising warmth but Eddie Jones' bass and Freddie Green's guitar also seem very close. There are no notes, but that's not a problem -- the session listing says most of what needs saying.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/1999
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724349787124
  • Catalog Number: 978710
  • Sales rank: 108,315

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Freddie Green Guitar
Al Grey Trombone
Thad Jones Trumpet
Billy Mitchell Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet, Muted Trumpet
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Henry Coker Trombone
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Tenor Saxophone
Eric Dixon Tenor Saxophone
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Gus Johnson Drums
Sonny Payne Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Flip Ricard Trumpet
Frank Wess Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young Trumpet
Technical Credits
Count Basie Arranger, Composer
Buck Clayton Arranger, Composer
Freddie Green Arranger
Quincy Jones Arranger
Bennie Moten Composer
Lester Young Composer
Neal Hefti Arranger
Jimmy Mundy Arranger
Malcolm Addey Remixing
Bobby Arnold Engineer
Shad Collins Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Eddie Durham Arranger
Ernie Wilkins Arranger
Frank Foster Arranger
Ira Kaplan Composer
Buster Moten Composer
Teddy Reig Producer
Buster Harding Arranger
Frank Green Arranger
Odea Murphy Mastering
Gordon H. Jee Artwork
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