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Contemporary Sampler [OJC]
     

The Contemporary Sampler [OJC]

 
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

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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 The speed-demon bop of tenor saxman Teddy Edwards and trumpeter Howard McGhee on "Up There" explodes the outdated theory that this brand of high-strung jazz could not have possibly existed in laid-back Los Angeles around the middle of the 20th century.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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2002
Label:
Ojc
UPC:
0025218370127
catalogNumber:
3701

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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
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   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

Benny Carter   Composer
Arthur Schutt   Composer
Pat Johnston   Composer

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