Shorty Rogers and His Giants - Jazz Waltz
Shorty Rogers and His Giants - Jazz Waltz
Shorty Rogers and His Giants - Jazz Waltz
Shorty Rogers and His Giants - Jazz Waltz

Shorty Rogers and His Giants - Jazz Waltz

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Arranged by, Conductor, Flugelhorn – Shorty Rogers

Alto Saxophone – Bud Shank, Joe Mani (A1, A3, A5, B1)

Alto Saxophone, Flute – Paul Horn (A2, A4, B2 to B5)

Baritone Saxophone – Bill Hood (A1, A3, A5, B1)

Bass – Joe Mondragon

Bass Trombone – George Roberts ( A1, A3, A5, B1), Kenny Shroyer

Drums – Mel Lewis

Piano – Lou Levy

Tenor Saxophone – Bill Perkins (A1, A3, A5, B1), Bob Cooper (A1, A3, A5, B1)

Trombone – Harry Betts (A1, A3, A5, B1), Milt Bernhardt (A1, A3, A5, B1)

Trumpet – Al Porcino (A1, A3, A5, B1), Ray Triscari (A1, A3, A5, B1)

Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Joe Burnett, Ollie Mitchell

Vibraphone – Emil Richards (A2, A4, B2 to B5), Larry Bunker (A1, A3, A5, B1)

Written by Shorty Rogers (A5, B1, B4-5), Duke Ellington (A1, B2), Peggy Lee (A1), Lefebvre (A2), Rogers (A2), Bernstein (A3), Leigh (A4), Coleman (A4), Scott (B3), Marlow (B3)

 

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : unspecified

Label : Pure Pleasure

Original Label : Reprise

Recorded December 1962 at United Recording, Los Angeles

Produced by Chuck Sagle

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, London

Originally released in 1962

Reissued in 2018

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. I’m Gonna Go Fishin’
  2. Greensleeves
  3. Walk On The Wild Side
  4. Witchcraft
  5. Be As Children

Side B:

  1. Jazz Waltz
  2. Echoes Of Harlem
  3. A Taste Of Honey
  4. Terrence's Farewell
  5. The Streets Of Laredo

 

Reviews:

“Shorty Rogers' Jazz Waltz is exactly that, an exploration of ten compositions played in waltz settings. Only these big-band charts are hardly the waltzes heard on Lawrence Welk's long-running television series. Rogers kicks off with a swinging number ("I'm Gonna Go Fishin'") written by Duke Ellington for the soundtrack to the film Anatomy of a Murder and featuring the leader's rich flügelhorn. The lyrical take of the centuries-old folk melody "Greensleeves" alternates between the tense rhythm section and Bud Shank's gorgeous flute solo. Rogers' delightful "Be as Children" almost sounds as if it was adapted from a gospel song. The brisk treatment of Ellington's "Echoes of Harlem," featuring Paul Horn on flute, is refreshing. Only Bobby Scott's "A Taste of Honey" is the least bit disappointing, simply because this arrangement isn't quite as adventurous as the rest of the album. Originally issued by Reprise in 1962 and out of print for decades, this album was finally reissued by Collectables in a compilation with another LP by Rogers, Bossa Nova.” AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden

“Shorty Rogers was a master bandleader for showcasing the strengths of West Coast jazz—cool counterpoint and a gentle yet insistent swing, blending a strong ensemble mix with catchy melody that went well with the warm beach breezes in southern California. Shorty was also a risk taker, incorporating Latin rhythms along with movie theme soundtracks. On Jazz Waltz, Rogers uses waltz time to explore a bit of gospel, folk melody, Ellington, as well as well known movie themes and standards.

At this time (1962), Rogers had his pick of West Coast jazz stalwarts, including Bud Shank, Paul Horn, Bill Perkins, Lou Levy and Mel Lewis. Shorty was generous in providing solos and musicians could always count on swinging arrangements from him.  This album had been out of print for many years until PurePleasure, as part of their reissue series, re-released this record in remastered stereo, through engineer Ray Staff in London. Acoustics are sharp and the ensemble playing is well mixed.

“I’m Gonna Go Fishing” features sparkling vibes from Larry Bunker and the counterpoint between the sax section and the brass is well evident. “Greensleeves” has Bud Shank soaring on the well known melody, and Emil Richards on vibes is top notch. “Walk on the Wild Side” is arranged to show the band’s ensemble strengths. The brass section powers through to the end of the tune.

“Witchcraft” is underwhelming, and a bit listless, but is almost rescued by Lou Levy, on piano. Gospel meets waltz on “Be as Children” and its Sunday church vibe is accented by Bud Shank’s flute. Larry Bunker’s vibes bring a polish both here as well as throughout the album. Emil Richards appears instead on half of the tracks, and is every bit as good.

“Echoes of Harlem” from Ellington is moody and atmospheric, like a street scene in the neighborhood. There is a fun quote from “The Sidewalks of New York” that fits right in.  “Taste of Honey” is a feature for flute and vibes (Paul Horn and Emil Richards). “The Streets of Laredo” makes heavy use of counterpoint with pianist Lou Levy and baritone saxist, Bill Hood, trading lines.

For fans of Shorty Rogers and West Coast jazz, this album fits the bill. Its gentle swing is contagious.” Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition, April 2018

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.67 / 5

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