Volume 1: 1946-1954 West Coast Trumpet Ace, Bandleader, Composer

Volume 1: 1946-1954 West Coast Trumpet Ace, Bandleader, Composer

by Shorty RogersShorty Rogers


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Great Britain's JSP imprint does its usual exhaustive job on this five-disc set by trumpeter, composer, and arranger Shorty Rogers. These discs contain material that dates back to the period Rogers spent with Woody Herman's Woodchoppers and Red Norvo's Octet in 1946 and 1947, through his own dates with the Giants in 1954 (in both original and augmented incarnations), with all kinds of stops in between. Certainly it's true that Rogers collectors may have most if not all of this material, but not arranged and presented in this way -- session notes are intact, as are credits, but as is the norm with JSP, liner notes are somewhat scant. The Herman years are all detailed on disc one, as well as the beginning of Rogers' years with Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson. The lineups in all of these bands are most impressive -- a virtual who's who of greats from the West and East Coasts alike, including Serge Chaloff, Billy Bauer, Jimmy Rowles, Ernie Royal, Terry Gibbs, Lou Levy, Don Lamond, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, etc. Rogers led his own big band during the time spent between Herman and Kenton, with Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Shelly Manne, and June Christy, to name a few -- a real West Coast all-star configuration in 1950. In the time he spent with Kenton and Ferguson, Rogers also led the first version of the Giants, featuring Pepper, Hampton Hawes, Gene Englund, Jimmy Giuffre, Manne, and others, in 1951. Other stints as a soloist and arranger with Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars in 1951 and 1952 were the bread ends of a sandwich that included the period Rogers played with Louie Bellson, in a band that also included Juan Tizol, Harry Carney, Billy Strayhorn, and Wardell Gray. The 1951 and 1952 years make up almost all of disc two, with another rendition of the Giants filling it out at the beginning of 1953. Discs three and four are all Shorty between 1953 and 1954. Some of the players in his employ during those years included Joe Mondragon, Bob Cooper, Curtis Counce, Herb Geller, Herbie Harper, Bill Holman, and Joe Flores, as well as many of the aforementioned players like Ferguson, Pepper, Hawes, Giuffre, Manne, and Shank. One of the more notable aspects of the 1954 Giants was the addition of a young pianist named André Previn on some sides, with a front line of horns that included Giuffre, Shank, and Cooper on saxophones; guitarist Al Hendrickson; and a rhythm section with Joe Mondragon and Manne. The final 12 tunes, on the fifth disc here, are with different editions of the Giants, including (as previously mentioned) the augmented Giants -- this band included Lennie Niehaus, Sims, pianist Pete Jolly, and guitarist Barney Kessel, to name a few. There are 96 cuts here, all of them remastered in fine if not pristine sound, but the price is certainly right.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2008
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065904425
catalogNumber: 944

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shorty Rogers   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
June Christy   Vocals
Laurindo Almeida   Guitar
Gene Ammons   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Louie Bellson   Drums
Serge Chaloff   Baritone Saxophone
Buddy Childers   Trumpet
Bob Cooper   Oboe,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Counce   Bass,Bass Guitar
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Chuck Flores   Drums
Russ Freeman   Piano
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Terry Gibbs   Vibes
Jimmy Giuffre   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Wardell Gray   Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Harper   Trombone
Bill Harris   Trombone
Woody Herman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bill Holman   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Stan Kenton   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Shelly Manne   Drums
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Red Norvo   Vibes
Art Pepper   Alto Saxophone
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford   Bass,Bass Guitar
André Previn   Piano
Red Rodney   Trumpet
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Howard Rumsey   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bud Shank   Alto,Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Harry Babasin   Bass,Bass Guitar
Don Bagley   Bass,Bass Guitar
Sonny Berman   Trumpet
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen   Trombone
Lorraine Geller   Piano
John Graas   French Horn
Chubby Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Pete Jolly   Piano
Lou Levy   Piano
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Jimmy Wyble   Guitar
Lennie Niehaus   Alto Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Bill Russo   Trombone
Earl Swope   Trombone
Claude Williamson   Piano
Don Lamond   Drums
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Herbie Steward   Tenor Saxophone
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Porcino   Trumpet
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Harry Betts   Trombone
Red Callender   Bass,Bass Guitar
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
John Cave   French Horn
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Bob Edmondson   Trombone
Gene Englund   Trombone,Tuba
Stan Fishelson   Trumpet
Bob Fitzpatrick   Trombone
Bob Gioga   Baritone Saxophone
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Hampton Hawes   Piano
Roy Harte   Drums
Sinclair Lott   French Horn
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Dodo Marmarosa   Piano
Sam Marowitz   Alto Saxophone
Wendell Marshall   Bass,Bass Guitar
Marty Paich   Piano
Jack Montrose   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Otis   Piano
Frank Patchen   Piano
Clyde Reasinger   Trumpet
Miguel Rivera   Conga
Gene Sargent   Guitar
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
John Simmons   Bass,Bass Guitar
Willie "The Lion" Smith   Alto Saxophone
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Bob Swift   Trombone
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Bart Varsalona   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Charlie Walp   Trumpet
Ollie Wilson   Trombone
Walter Yoder   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jackie Mills   Drums
Ralph Blaze   Guitar
Stumpy Brown   Bass Trombone
Chico Alvarez   Trumpet
Don Paladino   Trumpet
Joe Rotondi   Piano
Lloyd Otto   French Horn
Bart Caldarell   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Savitt   Tenor Saxophone
Pacino   Trumpet
Marky Markowitz   Trumpet
Paul Sarmento   Tuba
Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers   Tenor Saxophone
Flip Philips   Tenor Saxophone
John S. Howell   Trumpet
Harry Beets   Trombone
Bud Bernhart   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Hendrikson   Guitar
Don Lomond   Drums
Lloyd Otto   French Horn
John Mondragon   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Drew Kent   Liner Notes

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