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Henry Mancini

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RCA Henry Mancini

Personnel:
Pete Candoli (tp), Dick Nash (tb), Ted Nash (as, fl), Art Pepper (cl), Ronny Lang (bs, af), Johnny Williams (p, harpsichord), Bob Bain (g, b), Rolly Bundock (b), Larry Bunker (v, marimba), Ramón Rivera (conga), Shelly Manne (d)

Reference: 74321 47794 2

Bar code: 74321 477942 2

Tracklisting:

1. Moanin' (B.Timmons)
2. Sidewalks Of Cuba (Oakland-Parish-Mills)
3. Dream Of You (Oliver-Lunceford-Moran)
4. Swing Lightly (Mancini)
5. Castle Rock (Drake-Shril-Sears)
6. A Powdered Wig (Mancini)
7. Playboy's Theme (C.Coleman)
8. Tequila (Rio)
9. Far East Blues (Mancini)
10. Charleston Alley (Wright-Kirkland)
11. Scandinavian Shuffle (Asmussen)
12. Everybody Blow! (Mancini)

Recorded in Hollywood, California, 1960

Review:
"Henry Mancini was a significant writer for films who used the flavor of jazz in some of his movie scores. This 1997 CD reissue brings back one of his few jazz-oriented projects, a salute of sorts to the idea of the swing combo. Mancini gathered an impressive cast of top players consisting of trumpeter Pete Candoli, trombonist Dick Nash, Ted Nash on alto and flute, Art Pepper (sticking exclusively to clarinet), baritonist Ronny Lang, pianist Johnny Williams (doubling on harpsichord), guitarist Bob Bain, bassist Rolly Bundock, drummer Shelly Manne, Ramon Rivera on conga and Larry Bunker on vibes and marimba. Some of the dozen selections are relatively straight-ahead, while a few (particularly "A Powdered Wig" and "Scandinavian Shuffle") are a bit corny, especially in their use of harpsichord and marimba. There are a few strong moments (particularly from Candoli and Pepper) on such numbers as "Moanin'," "Sidewalks of Cuba," "Castle Rock" and "Everybody Blow," but the end results are not too essential. Overall, this is a compromise between creative jazz and tightly controlled music meant for a larger audience. A historical curiosity."
Scott Yanow (www.allmusic.com)


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$12.04  (tax incl.)

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