Volume 1: 1946-1954 West Coast Trumpet Ace, Bandleader, Composer

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Great Britain's JSP imprint does its usual exhaustive job on this five-disc set by trumpeter, composer, and arranger Shorty Rogers. These discs contain material that dates back to the period Rogers spent with Woody Herman's Woodchoppers and Red Norvo's Octet in 1946 and 1947, through his own dates with the Giants in 1954 (in both original and augmented incarnations), with all kinds of stops in between. Certainly it's true that Rogers collectors may have most if not all of this material, but not arranged and presented in this way -- session notes are intact, as are credits, but as is the norm with JSP, liner notes are somewhat scant. The Herman years are all detailed on disc ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Great Britain's JSP imprint does its usual exhaustive job on this five-disc set by trumpeter, composer, and arranger Shorty Rogers. These discs contain material that dates back to the period Rogers spent with Woody Herman's Woodchoppers and Red Norvo's Octet in 1946 and 1947, through his own dates with the Giants in 1954 (in both original and augmented incarnations), with all kinds of stops in between. Certainly it's true that Rogers collectors may have most if not all of this material, but not arranged and presented in this way -- session notes are intact, as are credits, but as is the norm with JSP, liner notes are somewhat scant. The Herman years are all detailed on disc one, as well as the beginning of Rogers' years with Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson. The lineups in all of these bands are most impressive -- a virtual who's who of greats from the West and East Coasts alike, including Serge Chaloff, Billy Bauer, Jimmy Rowles, Ernie Royal, Terry Gibbs, Lou Levy, Don Lamond, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, etc. Rogers led his own big band during the time spent between Herman and Kenton, with Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Shelly Manne, and June Christy, to name a few -- a real West Coast all-star configuration in 1950. In the time he spent with Kenton and Ferguson, Rogers also led the first version of the Giants, featuring Pepper, Hampton Hawes, Gene Englund, Jimmy Giuffre, Manne, and others, in 1951. Other stints as a soloist and arranger with Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars in 1951 and 1952 were the bread ends of a sandwich that included the period Rogers played with Louie Bellson, in a band that also included Juan Tizol, Harry Carney, Billy Strayhorn, and Wardell Gray. The 1951 and 1952 years make up almost all of disc two, with another rendition of the Giants filling it out at the beginning of 1953. Discs three and four are all Shorty between 1953 and 1954. Some of the players in his employ during those years included Joe Mondragon, Bob Cooper, Curtis Counce, Herb Geller, Herbie Harper, Bill Holman, and Joe Flores, as well as many of the aforementioned players like Ferguson, Pepper, Hawes, Giuffre, Manne, and Shank. One of the more notable aspects of the 1954 Giants was the addition of a young pianist named André Previn on some sides, with a front line of horns that included Giuffre, Shank, and Cooper on saxophones; guitarist Al Hendrickson; and a rhythm section with Joe Mondragon and Manne. The final 12 tunes, on the fifth disc here, are with different editions of the Giants, including (as previously mentioned) the augmented Giants -- this band included Lennie Niehaus, Sims, pianist Pete Jolly, and guitarist Barney Kessel, to name a few. There are 96 cuts here, all of them remastered in fine if not pristine sound, but the price is certainly right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065904425
  • Catalog Number: 944
  • Sales rank: 19,266

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Igor (2:46)
  2. 2 Bop (3:02)
  3. 3 Keen and Preachy (2:55)
  4. 4 Lemon Drop (2:53)
  5. 5 Keeper of the Flame (3:03)
  6. 6 More Moon (3:13)
  7. 7 The Great Life (2:56)
  8. 8 Tenderly (2:57)
  9. 9 Lollipop (2:42)
  10. 10 A Mile Down the Highway (2:28)
  11. 11 He Can Come Back Anytime (2:54)
  12. 12 Do It Again (2:57)
  13. 13 Jolly Roger (2:42)
  14. 14 Art Pepper (5:18)
  15. 15 Viva Prado (3:19)
  16. 16 Round Robin (2:40)
  17. 17 Short Wave - Maynard Ferguson & His Orchestra (2:36)
  18. 18 Four Mothers (2:50)
  19. 19 Didi (2:27)
  20. 20 Sam and the Lady (3:08)
  21. 21 Popo (3:03)
  22. 22 Over the Rainbow (3:02)
  23. 23 Apropos (2:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Popo (11:22)
  2. 2 What's New (2:16)
  3. 3 Lullaby in Rhythm (5:24)
  4. 4 All the Things You Are (3:00)
  5. 5 Robbins Nest (4:52)
  6. 6 Scrapple From the Apple (6:22)
  7. 7 Body and Soul (3:22)
  8. 8 Jive at Five (5:30)
  9. 9 Tin Tin Deo (4:09)
  10. 10 Cherokee (6:38)
  11. 11 Punkin' (3:24)
  12. 12 Swing Shift (2:28)
  13. 13 Block Buster (2:40)
  14. 14 Dynamite (2:45)
  15. 15 Pirouette (3:13)
  16. 16 Bunny (3:29)
  17. 17 Powder Puff (2:53)
  18. 18 The Pesky Serpent (2:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Diablo's Dance (3:21)
  2. 2 Indian Club (2:39)
  3. 3 Morpo (3:31)
  4. 4 Mambo del Crow (3:05)
  5. 5 Coop de Graas (2:58)
  6. 6 Infinity Promenade (3:36)
  7. 7 Short Step (3:18)
  8. 8 Boar-Jibu (3:37)
  9. 9 Contours (3:23)
  10. 10 Tale of an American Lobster (3:26)
  11. 11 Chiquito Loco (3:29)
  12. 12 The Sweetheart of Sigmund Freud (2:41)
  13. 13 Infinity Promenade (3:16)
  14. 14 Short Stop (9:21)
  15. 15 Buzzy (4:58)
  16. 16 Hot Blood (The Wild One) (3:20)
  17. 17 Blues For Brando (2:54)
  18. 18 Windswept (3:19)
  19. 19 Chino (2:38)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Topsy (3:21)
  2. 2 It's Sand, Man (2:59)
  3. 3 Basie Eyes (3:24)
  4. 4 Doggin' Around (2:36)
  5. 5 Jump For Me (3:58)
  6. 6 Over and Out (3:14)
  7. 7 Down For Double (2:55)
  8. 8 Swingin' the Blues (4:27)
  9. 9 H & J (3:00)
  10. 10 Tickletoe (2:38)
  11. 11 Taps Miller (3:20)
  12. 12 Walk Don't Run (3:15)
  13. 13 Just a Few (4:16)
  14. 14 Heatwave (2:40)
  15. 15 Everything I've Got Belongs to You (3:38)
  16. 16 You Stepped Out of a Dream (2:27)
  17. 17 It Only Happens When I Dance With You (3:03)
  18. 18 General Cluster (3:02)
  19. 19 Some Antics (3:24)
  20. 20 Claudia (3:26)
  21. 21 40 Degrees Below (2:43)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Jocycle (2:43)
  2. 2 The Lade Is a Tramp (2:20)
  3. 3 The Goof and I (2:57)
  4. 4 My Little Suede Shoes (2:49)
  5. 5 Cool Sunshine (10:29)
  6. 6 Loki (6:45)
  7. 7 Elaine's Lullaby (9:42)
  8. 8 It's Delovely (2:29)
  9. 9 Call For Cole (2:19)
  10. 10 You Do Something to Me (3:08)
  11. 11 Porterhouse (2:48)
  12. 12 Lullaby of Birdland (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shorty Rogers Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
June Christy Vocals
Laurindo Almeida Guitar
Gene Ammons Tenor Saxophone
Billy Bauer Guitar
Louie Bellson Drums
Serge Chaloff Baritone Saxophone
Buddy Childers Trumpet
Bob Cooper Oboe, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Counce Bass, Bass Guitar
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet
Chuck Flores Drums
Russ Freeman Piano
Herb Geller Alto Saxophone
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Terry Gibbs Vibes
Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone
Wardell Gray Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Harper Trombone
Bill Harris Trombone
Woody Herman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Holman Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Stan Kenton Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
Jimmy Knepper Trombone
Shelly Manne Drums
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Red Norvo Vibes
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone
Bill Perkins Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford Bass, Bass Guitar
André Previn Piano
Red Rodney Trumpet
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Howard Rumsey Bass, Bass Guitar
Bud Shank Alto, Flute, Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Harry Babasin Bass, Bass Guitar
Don Bagley Bass, Bass Guitar
Sonny Berman Trumpet
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen Trombone
Lorraine Geller Piano
John Graas French Horn
Chubby Jackson Bass, Bass Guitar
Pete Jolly Piano
Lou Levy Piano
Ray Linn Trumpet
Jimmy Wyble Guitar
Lennie Niehaus Alto Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Bill Russo Trombone
Earl Swope Trombone
Claude Williamson Piano
Don Lamond Drums
Jack Marshall Guitar
Herbie Steward Tenor Saxophone
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Al Porcino Trumpet
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Harry Betts Trombone
Red Callender Bass, Bass Guitar
Harry Carney Baritone Saxophone
John Cave French Horn
Clark Terry Trumpet
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Bob Edmondson Trombone
Gene Englund Trombone, Tuba
Stan Fishelson Trumpet
Bob Fitzpatrick Trombone
Bob Gioga Baritone Saxophone
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Hampton Hawes Piano
Roy Harte Drums
Sinclair Lott French Horn
Joe Mondragon Bass
Dodo Marmarosa Piano
Sam Marowitz Alto Saxophone
Wendell Marshall Bass, Bass Guitar
Marty Paich Piano
Jack Montrose Tenor Saxophone
Fred Otis Piano
Frank Patchen Piano
Clyde Reasinger Trumpet
Miguel Rivera Conga
Gene Sargent Guitar
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
John Simmons Bass, Bass Guitar
Willie "The Lion" Smith Alto Saxophone
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Bob Swift Trombone
Juan Tizol Valve Trombone
Bart Varsalona Trombone, Bass Trombone
Charlie Walp Trumpet
Ollie Wilson Trombone
Walter Yoder Bass, Bass Guitar
Jackie Mills Drums
Ralph Blaze Guitar
Stumpy Brown Bass Trombone
Chico Alvarez Trumpet
Don Paladino Trumpet
Joe Rotondi Jr. Piano
Lloyd Otto French Horn
Bart Caldarell Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Savitt Tenor Saxophone
Al Pacino Trumpet
The Bill Harris Quintet Trombone
Marky Markowitz Trumpet
Paul Sarmento Tuba
Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers Tenor Saxophone
Flip Philips Tenor Saxophone
John S. Howell Trumpet
Harry Beets Trombone
Bud Bernhart Flute, Alto Saxophone
Al Hendrikson Guitar
Don Lomond Drums
Lloyd Otto French Horn
John Mondragon Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Drew Kent Liner Notes
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