Personnel includes: Lennie Niehaus, Jack Montrose, Bob Gordon, Stu Williamson, Bob Enevoldsen, Lou Levy, Monty Budwig, Shelly Manne, Bill Perkins, Pepper Adams, Vincent De Rosa, Frank Rosolino, James McAllister, Red Mitchell, Mel Lewis.
Recorded between 1954 and 1956.
Personnel: Lennie Niehaus (alto saxophone); Jack Montrose, Bill Perkins (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams, Bob Gordon (baritone saxophone); Stu Williamson (trumpet); Vincent DeRosa (French horn); Frank Rosolino (trombone); Bob Enevoldsen (valve trombone); Jimmy McAllister (tuba); Lou Levy (piano); Mel Lewis, Shelly Manne (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Arnold Shaw.
Recording information: Capitol, Hollywood, CA (08/23/1954-12/10/1956); Contemporary Studios, Los Angeles, CA (08/23/1954-12/10/1956).
Photographers: William Claxton; Lester Koenig.
This formerly rare Contemporary set was reissued on a 1997 OJC CD. Lennie Niehaus, best known for his scores for Clint Eastwood films in the 1980s and '90s, was an excellent cool-toned bop altoist back in the '50s who spent time working with Stan Kenton. For this album, he is heard on two different occasions providing arrangements and alto solos for octets. With such fine players as either Jack Montrose or Bill Perkins on tenor, Bob Gordon or Pepper Adams on baritone, and other top West Coast jazz musicians, Niehaus primarily performs cool jazz. The inventive charts (which on the later date utilize a French horn and a tuba) and the superior, concise solos make this a set well worth acquiring by fans of the West Coast jazz sound of the '50s. ~ Scott Yanow