Martians, Come Back!/Way Up There

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All Music Guide - Jim Todd
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Todd
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • EAN: 4943674068630
  • Catalog Number: 25158
  • Sales rank: 302,881

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Martians Come Back (6:13)
  2. 2 Astral Alley (4:35)
  3. 3 Lotus Bud (4:56)
  4. 4 Dickie's Dream (5:33)
  5. 5 Papouche (4:16)
  6. 6 Serenade in Sweets (6:35)
  7. 7 Planetarium (3:37)
  8. 8 Chant of the Cosmos (6:15)
  9. 9 Blues Way up There (5:21)
  10. 10 Blues Way Down There (4:15)
  11. 11 Solarization (4:26)
  12. 12 Pixieland (4:26)
  13. 13 Wail of Two Cities (5:46)
  14. 14 Baklava Bridge (5:27)
  15. 15 March of the Martians (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shorty Rogers Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Curtis Counce Bass
Harry "Sweets" 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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