Count Basie, The Atomic Band - In A Mellotone
[CCD 79558]

£6.99

Track List:
1) Shiny Stockings
2) H.R.H.
3) Bag-A-Bones
4) In A Mellotone
5) The Midgets
6) Whirly Bird
7) Basie Boogie
8) The Deacon
9) Cute
10) Old Man River

William ‘Count’ Basie was a man who, in his life time led two magnificent bands. The first began its existence as the Barons of Rhythm in 1935. His former leader, Bennie Moten, had died in that year and, using some of his sidemen. Basie had formed his own band in partnership with altoist Buster Smith.

At first it was a pretty ragged band, but Basie strengthened his line-up and, when the band made its New York recording debut in the following year it boasted such luminaries as trumpeter Buck Clayton, saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, vocalist Jimmy Rushing and a rhythm team of bassist Walter Page and drummer Jo Jones. They were joined by guitarist Freddie Green and this completed what became known as the All-American Rhythm Section.

Basie continued to lead his own orchestra until January 1950. In the next couple of years he fronted a particularly interesting octet but could not resist the sound of a big band at his back and. in 1952, reformed the orchestra. Miraculously, The Atomic Band was achieved with no loss in swing power: if anything, Basie's phenomenal instrument of a band swung even more than its predecessors.

Recorded in Switzerland at the Theatre Beaulier, Lausanne, February 3rd 1959 (except The Deacon and Cute recorded at the Kongresshaus, Zurich, February 6th 1959), this disc features lineup:

Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Snooky Young, Wendell Culley (trumpets); Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Al Grey (trombones); Marshall Royal (clarinet, alto saxophone); Frank Wess (flute, alto and tenor saxophone); Frank Foster and Billy Mitchell (tenor saxophones); Charlie Fowles (flute, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Count Basie (piano); Freddie Green (guitar); Eddie Jones (bass)l Sonny Payne (drums).

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