Personnel: Shorty Rogers (trumpet); Jack Marshall, Al Hendrickson (guitar); Bud Shank (flute, alto saxophone); Bob Cooper Quartet & Quintet (oboe, tenor saxophone); Jimmy Giuffre (baritone saxophone); Milt Bernhart (trombone); Andr‚ Previn (piano).
Liner Note Author: Barry Ulanov.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (03/30/1954-09/14/1954).
Arrangers: Andr‚ Previn ; Shorty Rogers.
For this slightly unusual Lp (which has not yet been reissued on CD), Shorty Rogers and Andre Previn split the arranging chores in a somewhat competitive fashion. Rogers arranges a standard and then that is followed by a Previn original based on the same chord structure. This procedure is followed until the halfway point of the date when they reverse roles. As performed by a nonet featuring Rogers' trumpet, Previn's piano, altoist Bud Shank, Bob Cooper on tenor, baritonist Jimmy Giuffre, trombonist Milt Bernhart and a rhythm section, the result is a dead heat with some fine swinging solos on tunes (and variations) of such songs as "It's DeLovely," "You Stepped Out Of A Dream" and "You Do Something To Me." This will be a difficult album to locate. ~ Scott Yanow