Shelly Manne: Fallout




Shelly Manne & His Men


Shelly Manne & His Men Play Peter Gunn

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Shelly Manne (drums), Russ Freeman (piano), Monty Budwig (bass), Victor Feldman (marimba).

Composed by Henry Mancini


Recorded: Los Angeles, January 19, 1959


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

On his two albums of Peter Gunn music, Shelly Manne's streamlining was to Henry Mancini's hulking originals what California hot rods were to their Detroit assembly-line progenitors. Not merely an esthetic improvement, but reconstituted vehicles for individual expression. Manne doesn't just redo Mancini's material, he rethinks it. "Fallout" is a salient example. Victor Feldman's mallets were all over Mancini's music, but always on vibes. In those days the marimba was a rara avis, being spotted only on field trips to exotica. But Feldman's playing is striking (ouch), as he interlaces with Shelly's trademark melodic tom-toms for a crime jazz safari to Shangri-La.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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