The Atomic Mr. Basie (SRCP 3000) (1958)

SAM_0361An eye-catching cover to house one of the Count’s late, Big Band lucky strikes. Comprised of a programme entirely made up of  na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na-na-na Neal Hefti’s compositions and arrangements, Atomic alternates between meditative blues and uptempo jump with aplomb, making this a cult favourite. The band is top-notch and Basie himself sounds particularly dextrous throughout. This great-sounding 1969 Vamp Series UK re-issue of the ’58 sessions cost me, you guessed it, fifty pence.

Published in: on May 7, 2014 at 7:07 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. well worth picking up on the cheap for the super sleazy “after supper”

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