The Atomic Mr. Basie

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The release of this album in late 1957 marked the beginning of a glorious new phase in Count Basie's career. Signed to Roulette Records, the newly formed label owned by Morris Levy, the New York recording entrepreneur, jukebox mogul, club owner, and quasi-underworld figure, it took Basie's core audience and a lot of other people by surprise, as a bold, forward-looking statement within the context of a big-band recording -- if not as daring as what Duke Ellington had done at Newport in 1956, still a reminder that there was room for fresh, even dazzling improvisation especially courtesy of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis's contribution within the framework of a big-band jazz unit. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The release of this album in late 1957 marked the beginning of a glorious new phase in Count Basie's career. Signed to Roulette Records, the newly formed label owned by Morris Levy, the New York recording entrepreneur, jukebox mogul, club owner, and quasi-underworld figure, it took Basie's core audience and a lot of other people by surprise, as a bold, forward-looking statement within the context of a big-band recording -- if not as daring as what Duke Ellington had done at Newport in 1956, still a reminder that there was room for fresh, even dazzling improvisation especially courtesy of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis's contribution within the framework of a big-band jazz unit. The band and its key members were all "on" for these two days of sessions, and Neal Hefti's arrangements gave all concerned a chance to show what they could do. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, stands out from the get-go with his solo on "Flight of the Foo Birds," a rewriting of "Give Me the Simple Life" on which the tenor-man shares the stage with Thad Jones's trumpet solo, but nearly knock Jones off that same stage with his pyrotechnics. Davis plunges into new territory, defining the Basie "Atomic" period with his solo on "Whirly-Birds" originally less aptly titled "Roller Coaster", which soars into the air on his break. Joe Newman and Thad Jones's muted trumpets are the featured instruments on "Duet." "The Kid From Red Bank" offers an unusual showcase for Basie himself at the piano, playing the least number of notes possible to surprise and bedazzle the listener, while "Li'l Darlin'" offers the Basie band's answer to Ellington's "Mood Indigo." See also: The Complete Atomic Basie -- 1994.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • Label: Jazz Wax Records
  • EAN: 8436006494529
  • Catalog Number: 0649452
  • Sales rank: 86,931

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Kid From Red Bank - Count Basie & His Orchestra (2:41)
  2. 2 Duet - Count Basie & His Orchestra (4:11)
  3. 3 After Supper - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:26)
  4. 4 Flight of the Foo Birds - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:23)
  5. 5 Double-O - Count Basie & His Orchestra (2:46)
  6. 6 Teddy the Toad - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:19)
  7. 7 Whirly-Bird - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:51)
  8. 8 Midnite Blue - Count Basie & His Orchestra (4:28)
  9. 9 Splanky - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:36)
  10. 10 Fantail - Count Basie & His Orchestra (2:56)
  11. 11 Li'l Darlin' - Count Basie & His Orchestra (4:50)
  12. 12 Silks And Satins - Count Basie & His Orchestra (4:04)
  13. 13 Sleepwalker Serenade - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:38)
  14. 14 The Late Late Show - Count Basie & His Orchestra (2:50)
  15. 15 How Can You Lose? - Count Basie & His Orchestra (2:34)
  16. 16 Five O'Clock In The Morning - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:14)
  17. 17 Whirly-Bird - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:29)
  18. 18 Cute - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:41)
  19. 19 Thou Swell - Count Basie & His Orchestra (1:49)
  20. 20 Five O'Clock In The Morning - Count Basie & His Orchestra (2:57)
  21. 21 Blee Blop Blues - Count Basie & His Orchestra (2:24)
  22. 22 One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Primary Artist, Piano
Freddie Green Guitar
Al Grey Trombone
Thad Jones Trumpet
Billy Mitchell Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Marshall Royal Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Joe Williams Vocals
Ed Jones Bass
Henry Coker Trombone
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Tenor Saxophone
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Payne Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Frank Wess Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young Trumpet
Eddie Jones Bass
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Joe Williams Composer
Neal Hefti Arranger, Composer
Jimmy Mundy Composer
Ahmad Kharab Salim Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Frank Foster Arranger
Lorenz Hart Composer
Alan Rice Liner Notes
Barry Ulanov Liner Notes
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