The Three and the Two

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
These two sets for the Contemporary label reissued on CD by the OJC label are a couple of the more unusual sessions led by drummer Shelly Manne in the 1950s. "The Three" feature trumpeter Shorty Rogers; Jimmy Giuffre alternating on clarinet, tenor, and baritone; and Manne -- there is no piano or bass. Some of the six performances particularly the four originals are quite free, particularly the completely improvised "Abstract No. 1." Although these selections were not influential, they rank second in chronological order behind Lennie Tristano's performances of 1949 among free jazz records. The remainder of this set is a duet between pianist Russ Freeman and Manne "the Two", ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
These two sets for the Contemporary label reissued on CD by the OJC label are a couple of the more unusual sessions led by drummer Shelly Manne in the 1950s. "The Three" feature trumpeter Shorty Rogers; Jimmy Giuffre alternating on clarinet, tenor, and baritone; and Manne -- there is no piano or bass. Some of the six performances particularly the four originals are quite free, particularly the completely improvised "Abstract No. 1." Although these selections were not influential, they rank second in chronological order behind Lennie Tristano's performances of 1949 among free jazz records. The remainder of this set is a duet between pianist Russ Freeman and Manne "the Two", and is also quite advanced in spots, although in general it is a more swinging session while still being unpredictable. Overall, a very interesting reissue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 025218617222
  • Catalog Number: 172
  • Sales rank: 115,409

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shelly Manne Primary Artist, Drums
Russ Freeman Piano
Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Shorty Rogers Trumpet
Technical Credits
George Benson Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Lester Koenig Producer
John Palladino Engineer
Robert Guidi Cover Design
Tom Adair Composer
Tamaki Beck Mastering
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