The Contemporary Sampler [OJC]

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The Los Angeles-based Contemporary label became known as a prime vehicle for so-called West Coast jazz, but that tag isn't as narrowly focused as some in the East Coast jazz establishment would still have you believe. Just check out this sampler from the heart of Contemporary's heyday, which gives you an ear-opening sketch -- if not covering every detail -- of what was being recorded out West. The speed-demon bop of tenor saxman Teddy Edwards and trumpeter Howard McGhee on "Up There" explodes the outdated theory that this brand of high-strung jazz could not have possibly existed in laid-back Los Angeles around the middle of the 20th century. Or how about Art Pepper ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The Los Angeles-based Contemporary label became known as a prime vehicle for so-called West Coast jazz, but that tag isn't as narrowly focused as some in the East Coast jazz establishment would still have you believe. Just check out this sampler from the heart of Contemporary's heyday, which gives you an ear-opening sketch -- if not covering every detail -- of what was being recorded out West. The speed-demon bop of tenor saxman Teddy Edwards and trumpeter Howard McGhee on "Up There" explodes the outdated theory that this brand of high-strung jazz could not have possibly existed in laid-back Los Angeles around the middle of the 20th century. Or how about Art Pepper recording "Star Eyes" with Miles Davis' visiting world-class rhythm section -- or Sonny Rollins ambling through his own contribution to the cowboy-song literature, "Way Out West" -- or a hardy holdover from the big-band era like Helen Humes singing "Million Dollar Secret" with an ad hoc big band loaded with all-stars -- or Ornette Coleman just starting to shake up the jazz world with "Invisible" -- or the catchy Afro-Cuban groove from the Kenton kitchen that Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars serve up in "Witch Doctor No. 2." Missing in action, ironically, are some of the very stereotypes that were usually referred to as typical traits of West Coast jazz, like examples of relaxed, cool small groups or the label's third stream experiments that were little-understood in their time. Indeed, once you get to the end of the CD, the only thing that seems to unify this collection is the sound -- not the West Coast sound, but the consistently clean-lined, shockingly crisp sonics that label owner Lester Koenig insisted upon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 025218370127
  • Catalog Number: 3701

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Me to the Church on Time - Shelly Manne (4:13)
  2. 2 Way Out West - Sonny Rollins (6:31)
  3. 3 Blues the Most - Hampton Hawes (5:46)
  4. 4 A Walkin' Thing - Benny Carter (6:00)
  5. 5 Star Eyes - Art Pepper (5:14)
  6. 6 Million Dollar Secret (4:08)
  7. 7 Invisible - Ornette Coleman (4:15)
  8. 8 Minor Mood (3:23)
  9. 9 Witch Doctor No. 2 - Howard Rumsey (6:12)
  10. 10 I'll Remember April - André Previn (6:23)
  11. 11 Complete - Curtis Counce (5:55)
  12. 12 Oleo - Phineas Newborn Jr. (3:05)
  13. 13 Delirium - Harold Land (6:46)
  14. 14 Up There (3:30)
  15. 15 Just by Myself - Benny Golson (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Butler Drums
Frank Capp Drums
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Curtis Counce Bass
Art Farmer Trumpet
Red Garland Piano
Gigi Gryce Alto Saxophone
Louis Hayes Drums
Billy Higgins Drums
Helen Humes Vocals
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Sam Jones Bass
Wynton Kelly Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
Harold Land Tenor Saxophone
Shelly Manne Drums
Red Mitchell Bass
Walter Norris Piano
Art Pepper Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
André Previn Piano
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Howard Rumsey Bass
Bud Shank Flute
Julius Watkins French Horn
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Stan Levey Drums
Ed Thigpen Drums
Claude Williamson Piano
Stu Williamson Trumpet
Howard McGhee Trumpet
Al Porcino Trumpet
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Harry Betts Trombone
Ray Brown Bass
Paul Chambers Bass
Ornette Coleman Alto Saxophone
Teddy Edwards Tenor Saxophone
Rolf Ericson Trumpet
Bob Fitzpatrick Trombone
Benny Golson Tenor Saxophone
Hampton Hawes Piano
Bill Hood Baritone Saxophone
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
Phineas Newborn Jr. Piano
Don Payne Bass
Charlie Persip Drums
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Sahib Shihab Baritone Saxophone
Chuck Thompson Drums
Ray Triscari Trumpet
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell Trumpet
Ben Cooper Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Andy Hummell Composer
Arthur Schutt Composer
Pat Johnston Composer
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