The Swingin' Nutcracker
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Shorty Rogers

The Swingin' Nutcracker

RCA Victor

Personnel:
Shorty Rogers (tp, flh), Conte Candoli, Johnny Audino, Ray Triscari, Jimmy Zito (tp), Harry Betts, Frank Rosolino, George Roberts (tb), Art Pepper, Bud Shank (as), Jimmy Giuffre (cl), Richie Kamuca, Harold Land, Bill Perkins, Bill Holman (ts), Chuck Gentry (bs), Pete Jolly (p), Joe Mondragon (b), Mel Lewis, Frank Capp (d)

Reference: 74321 421212

Bar code: 743214212127

Tracklist

01. Like Nutty Overture (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky) Finale 5:28
02. A Nutty Marche (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky) Marche 3:29
03. Blue Reeds (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky) Reed Flute Blues 5:27
04. The Swingin' Plum Fairy (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky) Dance of the Sugar Plum Faity 2:58
05. Snowball (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky) Waltz of the Snowflakes 3:03
06. Six Pack (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky) Trépak 2:44
07. Flowers For The Cats (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky) Waltz of the Flowers 3:29
08. Dance Expresso (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky) Coffee 2:50
09. Pass The Duke (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky) Pas de Deux 2:52
10. China Where? (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky) Tea Dance 2:09
11. Overture For Shorty (Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky) Overture in Miniature 4:01

Total time: 52:56 min.

Album details

Originally released on RCA Victor LSP 2110

Personnel on tracks #2,4,8 & 10:
Shorty Rogers with His Sax Quintet
Shorty Rogers (tp, flh), Richie Kamuca, Harold Land, Bill Perkins (ts), Bill Holman, Bill Hood (bs), Pete Jolly (p), Joe Mondragon, Frank Capp (d).

Personnel on tracks #1,3,5,6,7,9 & 11:
Shorty Rogers with His Big Band
Shorty Rogers (tp, flh), Conte Candoli, Johnny Audino, Ray Triscari, Jimmy Zito (tp), Harry Betts, Frank Rosolino, Kenny Shroyer, George Roberts (tb), Art Pepper, Bud Shank (as), Jimmy Giuffre (cl only on #5), Richie Kamuca, Bill Perkins, Bill Holman (ts), Chuck Gentry (bs), Pete Jolly (p), Joe Mondragon (b), Mel Lewis (d).

All tracks recorded in Hollywood, California, May 3, 17 & 26, 1960

Liner notes: John Tynan
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
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Press reviews

What do Shorty Rogers, Larry Clinton, Les Brown, Hal Mooney, Duke Ellington, Herbie Fields, the Nutty Squirrels and Gene Krupa have in common? All recorded a jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. Of the bunch, Rogers's The Swingin' Nutcracker is probably the hippest and most fun to hear. It still jumps like caramel popcorn on a hot skillet.

The album was recorded for RCA in three sessions—one with a sax quintet and two with a big band. All of the arrangements are by Rogers. The most remarkable aspect about the score is how boldly it re-imagines the original. The Swingin' Nutcracker is contemporary from an American perspective without patronizing the European original. It's a purely West Coast Nutcracker with a 1960 TV theme-song sound. Nearly 60 years after its recording, the music still sounds fresh and sassy. I only wish Rogers had given West Side Story the same West Coast makeover.

-Marc Myers (December 24, 2018)
Jazz Wax

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$17.15  (tax incl.)

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