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- Released: December 1, 1988
- Label: OJC
- 2.La Mucura
- 3.Summer Night
- 5.You And The Night And The Music
- 8.Spring Is Here
- 10.You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
- 11.You're My Thrill
Personnel: Shelly Manne (drums); Art Pepper (alto saxophone); Russ Freeman (piano); Bob Enevoldsen, Curtis Counce, Joe Mondragon (bass); Bill Holman, Bob Cooper, Bud Shank, Jimmy Giuffre, Ralph Pena, Joe Maini Jr., Marty Paich.
Recorded in April & July 1953 and in September 1955. Originally released on Contemporary (3507).
Personnel: Shelly Manne (drums); Joe Maini, Art Pepper, Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Bill Holman, Bob Cooper (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Giuffre (baritone saxophone); Bob Enevoldsen (valve trombone); Marty Paich, Russ Freeman (piano).
Liner Note Author: Nesuhi Ertegun.
Recording information: 05/06/1953-09/13/1955.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Curtis Counce; Jimmy Giuffre; Joe Maini; Joe Mondragon; Marty Paich; Ralph Pena; Russ Freeman ; Art Pepper; Bill Holman; Bob Cooper; Bob Enevoldsen; Bud Shank.
Arrangers: Jimmy Giuffre; Marty Paich; Shorty Rogers; Bill Holman; Bill Russo; Bob Enevoldsen.
Drummer Shelly Manne's first sessions for Contemporary contain plenty of definitive examples of West Coast jazz. This CD has four titles apiece from a 1953 septet date with altoist Art Pepper, Bob Cooper on tenor, baritonist Jimmy Giuffre, and valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, four from a few months later with Bud Shank in Pepper's place, and four other songs from 1955 when Manne headed a septet with altoist Joe Maini and Bill Holman on tenor in addition to Giuffre and Enevoldsen. With arrangements by Marty Paich (who plays piano on the first two dates), Giuffre, Shorty Rogers, Bill Russo, Holman, and Enevoldsen, the music has plenty of variety yet defines the era, ranging from Russo's "Sweets" (a tribute to trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison), Giuffre's "Fugue," and the Latin folk tune "La Mucura" to updated charts on older swing tunes. Highly recommended and proof (if any is really needed) that West Coast jazz was far from bloodless. ~ Scott Yanow