Two of Jimmy Raneys most remarkable albums make up this set. The performances on the first feature Bob Brookmeyer, Al Cohn, and Red Mitchell, all felicitous choices, since, in addition to being compatible and inventive soloists, their presence adds to the tonal palette and avoids the similarity in tonal color of most guitar records. But Raney also shows that his superiority in the quick, alert swinging of the up tempo tunes is balanced by his lyric work on the ballads.
For the second album he teamed up once again with Brookmeyer, adding Osie Johnson, Teddy Kotick, adding pianists Dick Katz and Hank Jones, who combine taste and imagination with swinging time, on four tunes each. Among the several virtues of this quality example of the art of improvisation on relatively challenging thematic-and-chordal structures is the lucidity and logic with which all here approach, develop, and round off their solos. And, as with all of Raneys work, the music is polished, coherent and formidably well conceived and performed.
01. So in Love (Porter) 5:36
02. Indian Summer (Herbert) 4:28
03. Fanfare (Brookmeyer) 3:59
04. Last Night When We Were Young (Arlen-Harburg) 5:19
05. On the Rocks (Raney) 4:59
06. Passport to Pimlico (Mandel) 4:13
07. Strike Up the Band (Gershwin) 4:52
08. Up in Quincys Room (Gryce) 5:26
09. Isn't It Romantic (Rodgers-Hart) 4:06
10. How Long Has This Been Going On (Gershwin) 4:31
11. No Male for Me (Brookmeyer) 4:19
12. The Flag Is Up (Raney) 4:11
13. Get Off That Roof (Brookmeyer) 4:07
14. Jim's Tune (Raney) 4:02
15. No One but Me (Raney) 4:58
16. Too Late Now (Lane-Lerner) 4:17
Tracks #1-8 from the original ABC-Paramount LP (ABC167)
"Jimmy Raney In Three Attitudes"
Attitude 1: Bob Brookmeyer
Attitude 2: Al Cohn
Attitude 3: Red Mitchell
Tracks #9-16 from the original ABC-Paramount LP (ABC129)
"Jimmy Raney Featuring Bob Brookmeyer"
Personnel on tracks #1,4,8:
Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb), John Williams (p), Jimmy Raney (g), Red Mitchell (b), Osie Johnsone (d).
Recorded in New York City, May 14, 1956
Personnel on tracks #3,6:
Al Cohn (ts), John Williams (p), Jimmy Raney (g), Whitey Mitchell (b), Jack Edie (d).
Recorded in New York City, May 23, 1956
Personnel on tracks #2,5,7:
Hall Overton (p), Jimmy Raney (g), Red Mitchell (g), Osie Johnson (d).
Recorded in New York City, June 15, 1956
Personnel on tracks #9,10,13,14:
Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb), Dick Katz (p), Jimmy raney (g), Teddy Kotick (b), Osie Johnson (d).
Recorded in New York City, July 23, 1956
Personnel on tracks #10,12,15,16:
Same as above, but Hank Jones (p), replaces Dick Katz.
Recorded in New York City, August 1, 1956
Original recordings produced by Creed Taylor
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"'Jimmy Raney's In Three Attitudes' reissues that album plus Jimmy Raney Features Bob Brookmeyer, both from 1956. Raney, one of the most influential guitarists of the 1950s, is heard playing inventive cool jazz in quartets and quintets which co-star either valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, Al Cohn on tenor or pianist Hall Overton. The laidback music is full of quiet discoveries."