Shelly Manne: Summertime
Shelly Manne & His Men
Shelly Manne & His Men at the Black Hawk, Vol. 1 (Contemporary OJCCD-656-2)
Composed by George Gershwin & DuBose Heyward.
Recorded: San Francisco, September 22, 1959
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
In 1959, Shelly Manne led his L.A.-based Men (why not Menne?) north to Frisco's famed Blackhawk for a multi-album live set. Since their regular pianist couldnít make it, Victor Feldman filled the piano chair. All temps should be so spectacular. With an architectural sense worthy of Frank Lloyd Wright, Vic's solo here builds from delicacy to powerful flourishes. And as always, Shelly shines. Voters in 1950s jazz popularltiy polls didnít always make the most informed choices, but they got it right when they voted early and voted often for Shelly Manne. Hizzoner was the blue-collar drummer who carried every precinct.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz