After the slow tune from last week I thought I'd stay in that tempo zone and feature another song. This time, though, on the other side of the timeline: it's from the late fifties.
And it's from an album that belongs into every serious swing music collection!
Sleepwalker's Serenade didn't appear on the original release from 1958. It was added to the remastered release from 1994.
- Wendell Culley — trumpet
- Snooky Young — trumpet
- Thad Jones — trumpet
- Joe Newman — trumpet
- Henry Coker — trombone
- Al Grey — trombone
- Benny Powell — trombone
- Marshall Royal — reeds
- Frank Wess — reeds
- Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis — reeds
- Frank Foster — reeds
- Charles Fowlkes — reeds
- Count Basie — piano
- Eddie Jones — bass
- Freddie Green — guitar
- Sonny Payne — drums
- Jimmy Mundy — arrangement
I really like that song and I often use it in Lindy beginners classes, it works perfectly.
About The Album
The Atomic Mr. Basie (originally called Basie, also known as E=MC2 and reissued in 1994 as The Complete Atomic Mr Basie) is a 1958 album by Count Basie and his orchestra.
The album is one of Basie's most famous and is critically acclaimed. Allmusic gave it 5 stars, reviewer Bruce Eder saying “it took Basie's core audience and a lot of other people by surprise, as a bold, forward-looking statement within the context of a big-band recording.”
It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, Will Fulford-Jones calling it “Basie's last great record.”
According to acclaimedmusic.net it is the 26th most critically acclaimed of the '50s, the 695th most acclaimed of all time and Basie's most acclaimed album overall.
Title: Sleepwalker's Serenade
Artist: Count Basie Orchestra
Recorded: October 1957
Tempo: 112 bpm
Dance: Lindy Hop
You can find all the songs of the series also on my Spotify playlist.
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