The Best of Shelly Manne

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This compilation samples 11 of drummer Shelly Manne's albums recorded for Contemporary between 1953 and 1961 while utilizing a wide range of musicians. The free jazz opener "Flip" no doubt dedicated to his wife by her nickname is an intriguing trio with Shorty Rogers on muted trumpet and clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre. The low-key trio interpretation of Oscar Pettiford's "Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas" also known as "Blues in the Closet" features Leroy Vinnegar's walking bass and André Previn's surprising piano backed by the leader's subtle brushwork. John Williams wrote the breezy "Checkmate" as the theme to an early-'60s television series, with trumpeter Conte Candoli and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This compilation samples 11 of drummer Shelly Manne's albums recorded for Contemporary between 1953 and 1961 while utilizing a wide range of musicians. The free jazz opener "Flip" no doubt dedicated to his wife by her nickname is an intriguing trio with Shorty Rogers on muted trumpet and clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre. The low-key trio interpretation of Oscar Pettiford's "Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas" also known as "Blues in the Closet" features Leroy Vinnegar's walking bass and André Previn's surprising piano backed by the leader's subtle brushwork. John Williams wrote the breezy "Checkmate" as the theme to an early-'60s television series, with trumpeter Conte Candoli and tenor saxophonist Richie Kamuca shining in the solo spotlight and a driving rhythm section anchored by Manne with pianist Russ Freeman and bassist Chuck Berghofer. Henry Mancini wrote a special arrangement of "Peter Gunn" for Manne's group, with Candoli, alto saxophonist Herb Geller and Victor Feldman on marimba. Manne's unusual drum-piano duet with Freeman of the pianist's "The Sound Effects Manne" features the drummer's best work in this collection; it also foreshadows their later duo album One on One. This compilation is a great starting point to examine Shelly Manne's rewarding Contemporary recordings and will doubtless inspire serious collectors to pick up the original releases.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Contemporary
  • UPC: 025218351522
  • Catalog Number: 5715
  • Sales rank: 319,163

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Flip (2:59)
  2. 2 Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas (7:58)
  3. 3 Etude de Concert (6:42)
  4. 4 Doxy (6:47)
  5. 5 La Mucura (3:03)
  6. 6 Checkmate (8:03)
  7. 7 Afrodesia (3:30)
  8. 8 Moose the Mooche (7:28)
  9. 9 Muchacha (4:26)
  10. 10 Peter Gunn (2:16)
  11. 11 The Sound Effects Manne (4:03)
  12. 12 Poinciana (13:08)
  13. 13 A Gem from Tiffany (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shelly Manne Primary Artist, Drums
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Bob Cooper Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Counce Bass, Double Bass
Victor Feldman Piano, Marimbas
Russ Freeman Piano
Herb Geller Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Joe Gordon Trumpet
Richie Kamuca Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Mariano Alto Saxophone
Red Mitchell Bass, Double Bass
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone
André Previn Piano
Bud Shank Alto Saxophone
Bob Enevoldsen Valve Trombone
Stu Williamson Trumpet
Shorty Rogers Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer Bass, Double Bass
Monty Budwig Bass, Double Bass
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Joe Mondragon Bass, Double Bass
Marty Paich Piano
Leroy Vinnegar Bass, Double Bass
Paul Sarmento Tuba
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Arranger, Composer
Russ Freeman Composer
Bill Holman Composer
Shelly Manne Composer
Oscar Pettiford Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer
Shorty Rogers Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Roy DuNann Engineer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Adolph Green Composer
Howard Holzer Engineer
Lester Koenig Audio Production
Jack Montrose Composer
John Palladino Engineer
Charlie Parker Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Val Valentin Engineer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Nat Simon Composer
Manuel Lliso Composer
Traditional Composer
Buddy Bernier Composer
John Towner Williams Composer
Mark Keresman Liner Notes
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