Atomic Swing

Atomic Swing

by Count Basie

CD

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/1999
Label: Parlophone (Wea)
UPC: 0724349787124
catalogNumber: 978710
Rank: 192462

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano
Freddie Green   Guitar
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
Eddie Durham   Arranger
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Frank Foster   Arranger
Buster Moten   Composer
Teddy Reig   Producer
Buster Harding   Arranger
Frank Green   Arranger
Gordon H. Jee   Artwork

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