Down Beat - 19604 Stars
- Very Good - "..The group feeling is so strong on this LP that it will reach out and grab you. Manne has never sounded better...strongly recommended as excellent contemporary jazz captured in its lair.."
Personnel: Shelly Manne, Joe Gordon, Richie Kamuca, Victor Feldman, Monty Budwig.
Originally released on Contemporary (7577).
Personnel: Shelly Manne (drums); Richie Kamuca (tenor saxophone); Joe Gordon (trumpet); Victor Feldman (piano).
Liner Note Author: Lester Koenig.
Recording information: Black Hawk, San Francisco, CA (09/22/1959-09/24/1959).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Victor Feldman; Joe Gordon; Monty Budwig; Richie Kamuca.
Shelly Manne's Quintet was recorded extensively at San Francisco's Black Hawk club for three nights in 1959. Although not the most significant group that the drummer led, this edition (with trumpeter Joe Gordon, tenor saxophonist Richie Kamuca, pianist Victor Feldman, and bassist Monty Budwig) was certainly capable of playing high-quality bebop. Originally their output was released on four LPs; the reissue expanded the music to five CDs. The first volume adds an alternate take of Frank Rosolino's "Blue Daniel" to a set that includes swinging versions of "Blue Daniel," "Poinciana," "Our Delight," and "Summertime." The extended performances are easily recommended to straight-ahead jazz fans. ~ Scott Yanow