Sunday, May 07, 2006

the complete atomic basie

one of my favorite albums of all time, I spent some time relaxing to count basie's "the complete atomic basie"

Every single track on the album is great, swinging like crazy. The opening track, the kid from red bank, is a huge up-tempo tune that, again, swings like crazy. The count has a solo, one that proves simplicity is bliss. He uses only 3-4 notes and sounds great doing it.

My favorite track on this is "splanky." I played this at a jazz camp at eastern illinois university. a simple, medium paced tune, the melody is really spectacular.

Everything on this album is wonderful, solos, time, swing, balance, trumpeters...wow.

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