Modern Sounds From California

Historic Recordings 1954-1957 featuring Oustanding West Coast Jazzmen (2-CD Set)

Fresh Sound Jazz City Series

- Welcome to the Jazz City Series, a new part of the Fresh Sound Records family. This series has been conceived to widen the scope of the label to include a selection of outstanding recordings by some of the finest musicians on the jazz scene from the Fifties onwards. With Jazz City we hope to continue serving the most discerning collector with quality jazz titles.

In January 1952, Capitol released the Rogers album with the title "Modern Sounds by Shorty Rogers and His Giants". The album demonstrates the harmonic progress being made in Modern Sounds and soon attracted much favorable attention to Rogers, Giuffre and Manne, all of whom were regular members of Rumsey's Lighthouse All StarsMaynard Ferguson, Art Pepper and Milt Bernhart also shared the Sunday stints, when the club was the scene of marathon jam sessions. Thereafter, the Lighthouse became the showcase for West Coast Jazz.
In the mid-Fifties modern jazz enjoyed tremendous popularity in California, and these two volumes contain a collection of interesting sessions -mostly of them never before on CD- made during this prolific and creative period.


1. Scarf Dance (Giuffre) 3:33
2. Ballade (Giuffre) 2:43
3. Lover man (Davis-Ramirez) 3:10
4. Safari (Giuffre) 2:26
5. Arcadia (Rogers) 4:23
6. Hooray for Hollywood (Whiting-Mercer) 3:29
7. Santa Anita (Rogers) 4:26
8. The Blinfold Test Nº1 (Rogers) 3:24
9. Here's Pete (Rugolo) 3:57
10. Santa Monica (Collette) 4:41
11. No Love, No Nothing (Warren-Robin) 3:53
12. The Blinfold Test Nº2 (Rogers) 4:01
13. Burbank Bounce (Rogers) 3:50
14. Van Nuys Indeed! (Graas) 2:50
15. Culver City (Rogers) 3:37
16. The Blinfold Test Nº3 (Rogers) 4:24
17. Tempo De Sylva (Paich) 3:30
18. Tomjean (Paich) 3:59
19. Stranger in the Rain (Paich) 3:43
20. Kentucky Blues Grass (Paich) 3:11

1. Skip to Me Loot (Paich) 2:47
2. Speak Easy (Montrose) 6:32
3. I'm Forever Counting Geigers (Paich) 2:51
4. Id (Graas) 5:41
5. The Goof (Cohn) 5:59
6. Here's Pete (Rugolo) 4:47
7. Beverly Hills (Feather) 4:02
8. The Sidewalks of New York (arr. Rugolo) 3:18
9. Blue Moon (Rodgers-Hart) 2:44
10. I May be Wrong (Sullivan-Ruskin) 5:05
11. Smog a la Mode (Lucraft) 5:53
12. California Zephyr (Lucraft) 2:59
13. lady Like (Graas) 3:55
14. Midnight Sun (Burke-Hampton) 3:02
15. Two Part Contention (Brubeck) 3:44
16. I'll Never Say Never Again Goodbye (Woods) 4:29
17. Larrisa (Lucraft) 4:05
18. Jazz for Gene (Lucraft) 3:53

Personnel and dates:

CD1 #1-4: Shorty Rogers (tp); Milt Bernhart (tb); Bud Shank (as, fl); Bob Cooper (ts, oboe); Jimmy Giuffre (bs); Pete Jolly (p); Curtis Counce (b); Irv Kluger (d). Hollywood, September 14, 1954.

CD1 #5-8: Harry Edison (tp); Herb Geller (as); Bob Enevoldsen (vtb); Lorraine Geller (p); Joe Mondragon (b); Larry Bunker (d). Hollywood, December 30, 1954.

CD1 #9-12: Conte Candoli (tp); Buddy Collette (as, fl); Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts, bs); Gerry Wiggins (p); Howard Roberts (g); Curtis Counce (b); Stan Levey (d). Hollywood, December 30, 1954.

CD1 #13-16: Conte Candoli (tp); John Graas (fh); Charlie Mariano (as); Marty Paich (p); Monty Budwig (b); Stan Levey (d). Hollywood, December 30, 1954.

CD1 #17-20: Conte Candoli (tp); Bob Enevoldsen (vtb); Bob Hardaway (ts); Marty Paich (p); Tony Rizzi (g); Max Bennett (b); Stan Levey (d). Hollywood, January 15, 1955.

CD2 #1-4: Stu Williamson (tp); Herb Geller (as); Jack Montrose, Buddy Collette (ts); Bob Gordon (bs); Marty Paich (p); Curtis Counce (b); Chico Hamilton (d). Hollywood, March 17-18, 1955.

CD2 #5-8: Don Fagerquist (tp); Bob Enevoldsen (vtb, ts); Buddy Collette (fl, as, ts); André Previn (p); Curtis Counce (b); Stan Levey (d). Hollywood, January 19, 1956.

CD2 #9-11: Bud Shank (fl, as); Buddy Collette (cl, bs); John Doe (g); Red Mitchell (b); Mel Lewis (d). Hollywood, June 24, 1957.

CD2 #12-15: Bob Cooper (oboe, ts); Art Pepper (as); Claude Williamson (p); Monty Budwig (b); Stan Levey (d). Hollywood, July 8, 1957.

CD2 #16-18: Conte Candoli, Stu Williamson (tp); Frank Rosolino (tb); Charlie Mariano (as, ts, bs); Pete Jolly (p, acc); Leroy Vinnegar (b); Shelly Manne (d). Hollywood, July 15, 1957.


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