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Lil' Abner

Lil' Abner

by Shelly Manne
     
 
After the monumental success of their album My Fair Lady, the trio of drummer Shelly Manne, pianist André Previn, and bassist Leroy Vinnegar turned to the short-lived musical Li’l Abner for their next interpretive project. Although suitably inspired, the trio didn’t strike gold a second time. Little wonder, for the score by Johnny Mercer and Gene

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After the monumental success of their album My Fair Lady, the trio of drummer Shelly Manne, pianist André Previn, and bassist Leroy Vinnegar turned to the short-lived musical Li’l Abner for their next interpretive project. Although suitably inspired, the trio didn’t strike gold a second time. Little wonder, for the score by Johnny Mercer and Gene de Paul is, how else to put it, no My Fair Lady. Still, the trio is game, and this set, released here for the first time on CD, displays their accord. Manne and Vinnegar, the most supportive of bassists, are of one mind throughout, and the fluent Previn gives it his best shot, getting funky when called for and excelling in lyrical ballads like “Namely You.” The pianist and the ever-musical drummer also engage in a bit of fascinating free improvisation during “Oh, Happy Day,” reminding us that Manne recorded with Ornette Coleman on the saxophonist’s second album.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In a follow-up to their hit recording of music from My Fair Lady, Shelly Manne and his Friends (a trio with pianist André Previn, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and the drummer/leader) recorded nine songs from the play Li'l Abner. Although Johnny Mercer and Gene DePaul wrote the score, none of the songs caught on except for the ballad "Namely You," and this LP (whose music has not been reissued yet on CD) was not a best-seller. The musicians are in fine form but the melodies are not too memorable (when was the last time anyone played "If I Had My Druthers" or "Progress Is the Root of All Evil"?). Actually the main reason to search for this album is for the hilarious photo on the cover.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2003
Label:
Ojc
UPC:
0025218708722
catalogNumber:
1087
Rank:
279696

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