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

Personnel:
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

Sources:
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":
The JOHN PLONSKY Quintet
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":
The HERB PILHOFER Octet
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.
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