Good shelly and Great Shorty
J. E. Fox | New York, New York United States | 08/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This entry in the superb Jazz Scene USA series is a great one for Shelly Manne fans, as this was one of his strongest bands:Conte Candoli, Richie Kamuca, Russ Freeman, Monte Budwig and Shelly. This was one Shelly Manne band when the front line was the equal of the rhythm. They play several items from their recent Contemporary lps such as music from the Checkmate TV show.
The Shorty is very very interesting, for here Shorty is coming to grips with the modal music that was around then. It features STRONG rhythm (Lou Levy, Gary Peacock, Larry Bunker (yes a Bill Evans rhythm section)) and a guy who didn't make a big name Gary LeFebvre, who plays sax and flute. Sound is different from Shorty's usual Giants bands and is MUCH less effete. Well worth seeing for the great music and tasty presentation."