Martians, Come Back!/Way Up There

Martians, Come Back!/Way Up There

by Shorty RogersShorty Rogers


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Count Basie swing meets the Gil Evans cool school -- that's an apt description of the art of trumpeter, composer, and arranger Shorty Rogers, a kingpin of the West Coast scene during the 1950s and early '60s. On this compilation pairing a release from 1956 with another from 1957, the Basie-Evans influences are clear, along with Rogers' own manifold talents. The CD provides a good overview of Rogers' work in the company of a who's who of West Coast jazz, playing arrangements for trumpet section and rhythm, quintet, and brass and winds with rhythm. The Basie touch comes across in the airy bounce that energizes the smaller-group settings. Evans' influence is revealed in the arrangements for trombone, tuba, French horn, trumpet, reeds, and rhythm. On these, Rogers taps into instrumentation and voicings similar to those used by Evans on Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool sessions. The rhythm sections are impeccable throughout the 15 tracks. The fluid, precise, and utterly swinging Shelly Manne is on drums. Lou Levy, Earl Grey, Pete Jolly, and Pete Cera alternate on piano. Ralph Pena, Leroy Vinnegar, and Curtis Counce share bass duties. The preponderance of trumpet players on a few tracks is a bit monotonous. All, including Rogers, are masters, but their brilliance as individuals is diffused when they are lined up five deep for back-to-back solos. More distinctive and satisfying is the refreshing Bird-lite sound of Bud Shank on alto, Jimmy Giuffre's truly cool clarinet, and the handful of flawless solos from guitarist Barney Kessel.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/1999
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431626825
catalogNumber: 6268

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shorty Rogers   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Curtis Counce   Bass
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Jimmy Giuffre   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Shelly Manne   Drums
Bud Shank   Alto Saxophone
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen   Trombone,Valve Trombone
John Graas   French Horn
Pete Jolly   Piano
Lou Levy   Piano
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Ralph Pena   Bass
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass
Earl Grey   Piano
Paul Sarmento   Tuba
Pete Cera   Piano
Earl Gray   Piano

Technical Credits

Jack Tracy   Liner Notes
John S. Wilson   Liner Notes

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