Atomic Mr. Basie

The Atomic Mr. Basie

by Count Basie
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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:
09/08/2009
Label:
Jazz Wax Records
UPC:
8436006494529
catalogNumber:
0649452
Rank:
50713

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Tracks

  1. The Kid From Red Bank  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  2. Duet  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  3. After Supper  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  4. Flight of the Foo Birds  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  5. Double-O  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  6. Teddy the Toad  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  7. Whirly-Bird  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  8. Midnite Blue  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  9. Splanky  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  10. Fantail  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  11. Li'l Darlin'  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  12. Silks And Satins  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  13. Sleepwalker Serenade  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  14. The Late Late Show  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  15. How Can You Lose?  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  16. Five O'Clock In The Morning  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  17. Whirly-Bird  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  18. Cute  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  19. Thou Swell  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  20. Five O'Clock In The Morning  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  21. Blee Blop Blues  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra
  22. One O'Clock Jump  -  Count Basie & His Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano
Freddie Green   Guitar
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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