The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s late night programme will set feet tapping with music from the library of iconic jazz figure, Count Basie. In particular, the SNJO has chosen to play in full Atomic Mr Basie – one of Basie’s infrequently heard seminal works that includes favourite tracks such as Li’l Darlin’, Kid from Red Bank and Splanky.
At the time of its release in 1958, Atomic Mr. Basie was seen as a startling return to form by a senior jazz figure, long suspected of resting on his laurels. ‘Atomic Basie’ is the An explosive take on big band music, ‘Atomic Basie’ consists of dynamic arrangements of tunes, composed mainly by Neal Hefti, and yet it would be incomplete without Basie’s devastatingly articulate blues vocabulary on piano that provides a much- needed contrasting voice, and prompts the music to leave spaces for soloists to play through an accommodating melody.
The result was a hit album, glowing reviews and awards galore; a Grammy® for Basie, and two for Hefti. More importantly, it revalidated orchestral jazz as an artistic, commercial and relevant force and the SNJO is delighted to play it for you tonight.