The Atomic Count Basie – Count Basie (1957)

Album 9/1001

Important notice: if trumpets and a raucous horn section are your thing – GET THIS ALBUM UP YA.

Wow.

Count Basie recorded this record with his 18 piece orchestra and it sounds pretty tremendous. Old mate plays the piano, which is also pretty nuts on a few of these songs, but truly, it’s the horns that shine.

Bow down to the Count.

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: Upon my travels to locate all of these albums, I may have had a sneaky listen – I’m optimistic about this one. It sounded along similar lines to Louis Prima and the Fallout soundtrack. So I’m already on board.  

NK: I have never even heard of Count Basie before embarking on this project.

Standout track?

CL: ‘Double-O’ is gooooooood. Fast, frenetic and it’s all over in less than three minutes.  Although ‘Whirly Bird’ is fun too.

NK: ‘The Kid From Red Bank’ was my favourite. Coming in hot right off the top. I like all the quicker songs, ‘Double-O’ and ‘Whirly Bird’ are good too. When they slow down it’s not as fun.

When would be the best time to listen to this?

CL: When I eventually find a working time machine and go back to the golden era of Hollywood, this will be the soundtrack. In the meantime, I would strongly recommend putting this on if you’re having a swanky event of some kind. Cocktail party. Dinner party. Fancy dress party. Even if no people are invited and it’s just you.

NK: Old school cocktail hour! Anytime you’re drinking something old fashioned (like an Old Fashioned), preferably served from a wheeled drinks trolley by a bartender dressed in black and white.

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: Aside from the horns? Seriously, the brass on this album is next level – each song just gets bigger and better.

NK: Not sure! The horns are good, but I preferred Duke Ellington to this.

Will you be listening again?

CL: I think yes. There are some banging tracks on this record. You really get a bit of everything – sleazy whisky-den jazz, upbeat cacophonous jazz, slinky dark jazz… all the other sorts of jazz?

NK: I don’t think so. I didn’t like this one as much! I preferred Duke Ellington. Sorry Atomic Mr Basie. Nothing against you or your work. I think this one was recorded in studio? It doesn’t have quite the same energy as Duke Ellington or Louis Prima.

Rating

CL:This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Out of context youtube comment

09 - The Atomic Mr Basie

Listen to The Atomic Mr Basie on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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