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1713 The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited
[TNC Jazz CD 1713]
$12.95
by Professional Reviews Date Added: Jan 09, 2005
In 1965 the Shelly Manne Quintet and a big band arranged by John Williams recorded Manne - That's Gershwin, a long-forgotten album for Capitol that has been out-of-print for many years. Jack Brand, the author of the book Shelly Manne-Sound Of The Different Drummer, in recent times sent drummer Steve Houghton a tape of the neglected recording and, as it turned out, Manne's widow Flip Manne still had the original arrangements filed away. This CD is the result… For this inspired "remake," Houghton formed a quintet (with trumpeter Clay Jenkins, altoist Dan Higgins, pianist Stefan Karlsson and bassist Lou Fischer) and utilized the University of North Texas Two O'Clock Lab Band. The musicians interpret the ten selections from the original album (which includes a few combo pieces) plus four additional quintet performances, with all of the music being by George Gershwin. Among the many highlights are "By Strauss," "Mine," a trio outing on "The Man I Love," a surprisingly uptempo "How Long Has This Been Going On" and haunting renditions of "Prelude No. 2" and a portion from 'Concerto In F." Jenkins, Higgins, and Karlsson are all well featured and the student musicians play the ensembles flawlessly. The Manne We Love is a rarity, a "remake" that at times tops the original. Both versions are highly recommended.

Scott Yanow
L.A. JAZZ SCENE

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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