Cool Man Cool + Jazz From the North Coast, Vol.2 (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • Golden Crest CR 3014
    Golden Crest CR 3014
  • Zephyr ZP12013G
    Zephyr ZP12013G
  • John Plonsky
    John Plonsky
  • Herb Pilhofer
    Herb Pilhofer

John Plonsky & Herb Pilhofer

Cool Man Cool + Jazz From the North Coast, Vol.2 (2 LP on 1 CD)

Rare and Obscure Jazz Albums

John Plonsky (tp), Herb Pilhofer (p), Jack Coan (tp), Paul Binstock (Frh), Stan Haugesag (tb), Bob Crea (as, cl), Dave Karr (ts, bs, fl), Carl Janelli (bs), Dominic Cortese (accordion), Chet Amsterdam, Ted Hughart (b), Mel Zelnick, Russ Moore (d), Betty Blake (vcl)

Reference: FSRCD 1064

Bar code: 8427328610643

Fresh Sound Records presents:
Rare and Obscure Jazz Albums
A CD series created for the most discerning jazz collectors

· Hard to find albums in Collector's Edition
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art, Liner Notes
· Complete Personnel Details
· Hi Fi Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit

Cool Man Cool
This quintet under the direction of composer-arranger-trumpeter John Plonsky (born in 1926) offers an interesting listening experience in the smooth jazz style of Dave Pell butwith a twist, its unusual instrumentation composed of baritone, amplified accordion and trumpet with bass and drums. Recorded in 1957, Cool Man Cool was his only album as a leader, and it revealed Plonsky as a talented and imaginative soloist with a warmand open tone, who also managed to carry out extremely laborious ensemble work. All players are excellent in harmony, and the use of amplified accordion provides an orchestral texture to support the trumpet and baritone saxophone, adding much appreciated depth to the overall sound. Plonsky's five tastefully conceived originals plus the six fresh, well-arranged standards —two of theman excellent frame to showcase the talent and the vocal facets of singer Betty Ann Blake— do much to enhance the album's appeal.

Jazz From the North Coast, Volume 2
Pianist Herb Pilhofer was born in Nurenberg, Germany, in 1931. He was not overly interested in music until he began studying piano at the age of seventeen. After WWII, he was introduced to jazz by the American soldiers who stayed in Germany, and decided to form his own group and play for the Army Special Service and the USO in Europe. He traveled to the United States in 1954, where he learned arranging and orchestration from Bill Russo. Not wanting to waste time, that same year Pilhofer organized his octet, choosing from some of the best musicians the Twin City jazz scene had to offer. For him, it became a kind of workshop to test his own compositions. His album debut was 'Jazz from the North Coast, Volume 2,' recorded in 1956. Much of his writing and sound of Herb Pilhofer's octet walked the groove between the endeavors of the Dave Pell and Shorty Rogers groups, which were so in vogue at the time.

01. Laurel and Hardy (John Plonsky) 3:27
02. The Lady is a Tramp (Rodgers-Hart) 3:15
03. But Not For Me (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:27
04. Putting on the Ritz (Irving Berlin) 2:32
05. Just in Time (Styne-Comden-Green) 3:05
06. Calico Shoes (John Plonsky) 3:13
07. Angel Hair (John Plonsky) 3:24
08. How About You? (Lane-Freed) 1:55
09. Funkier Than You (John Plonsky) 2:43
10. I'll Take Romance (Ben Oakland) 2:57
11. Blonde Caboose (John Plonsky) 2:28
12. Elora (J.J. Johnson) 3:45
13. Django (John Lewis) 3:54
14. Nicollet Avenue Breakdown (Herb Pilhofer) 3:17
15. Give Me the Simple Life (Bloom-Ruby) 3:07
16. Solo Scenes (Herb Pilhofer) 2:21
17. Bach's Lunch (Herb Pilhofer) 3:39
18. Spring is Here (Rodgers-Hart) 3:32
19. Topsy (Durham-Battle) 2:01
20. Stop and Go (Herb Pilhofer) 3:11
21. Ill Wind (Arlen-Koehler) 3:59

Album details

Tracks #1-11, from the album “Cool Man Cool” (Golden Crest CR 3014)
Tracks #12-21, from the album “Jazz from the North Coast, Vol. 2” (Zephyr ZP 12013 G)

Personnel on "Cool Man Cool":
John Plonsky, trumpet; Carl Janelli, baritone sax; Dominic Cortese, accordion; Chet Amsterdam, bass; Mel Zelnick, drums; Betty Ann Blake, vocals (only on #3, 8)
Recorded in New York City, March 5, 1957

Personnel on "Jazz from the North Coast, Vol. 2":
Jack Coan, trumpet; Paul Binstock, French horn; Stan Haugesag, trombone; Bob Crea, alto sax & clarinet; Dave Karr, tenor & baritone sax, and flute; Herb Pilhofer, piano; Ted Hughart, bass; Russ Moore, drums.
Recorded in Minneapolis, 1956

Original liner notes: Dick Maw & Herb Pilhofer
New liner notes by Jordi Pujol
Original recordings produced by Clark Galehouse and Dick Maw
This CD compilation produced for release by Jordi Pujol

Hi Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

How did we miss all of these? Rare and Obscure Jazz Albums...

"Fresh Sound Records, the label that has given us collection of music from B movies and undeservedly overlooked vocalists, has now expanded their horizons with a brand new mouth watering category of recordings. This latest set consists of albums made by musicians that made a living in the studio and got one or two chances on their own, or for some strange reason were simply overlooked.

There isn't a single album here that isn't essential for jazz fans. Each packet comes with (usually) a list of all of the musicians and some fantastic liner notes to give you some background to the featured artist.  Sure, I'm going to review them, but the subtitle under each summary is “Go get it... NOW!”

Trumpeter John Plonsky leads a NYC team through a mix of standards and originals in the California Cool style of Shorty Rogers and Dave Pell. The 1957 session includes a Chris Connor'd husky “But Not For Me” and a cozy “How About You”, with the team chicka booming on the hotcha “Blond Caboose”. Plonsky's muted horn works on some Mulliganish charts with baritone saxist Carl Janelli on “The Lady Is a Tramp” and blows sweet open blues on “Laurel and Hardy”. Way Out East.

Pianist Herb Pilhofer records in the Nordic jazz crossroads of Minneapolis, MN, on richly textured session from 1956 with a five member horn section teamed with Ted Hughart/b and Russ Moore/dr. The flutes give out a rich thoughtful bop on “Nicollet Avenue Breakdown” with cool reeds blowing in the wind for “Give Me The Simple Life”. French horns and trombones meld well on a misty take of “Django” and Dave Karr's baritone sax swings well for “Topsy”, with Pilhofer and Hughart giving a sleek pulse to “Bach's Lunch”. Clear charts to follow."

—George W. Harris (January 10, 2022)


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