Shorty Rogers: Martians' Lullaby
Shorty Rogers & His Giants
Portrait of Shorty (RCA Victor 09026 63537-2)
Composed and arranged by Shorty Rogers.
Recorded: Los Angeles, August 11, 1957
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
On the cusp of the Space Age, many otherwise well-informed people believed in Martians. Orson Welles's Halloween 1938 radio enactment The War of the Worlds panicked the unsuspecting with breaking news of Martians invading New Jersey. Fourteen-year-old Milton Rajonsky may have been listening that night. Years later, as the Orson Welles of West Coast jazz, Shorty Rogers fixated on the Red Planet for "March of the Martians," "Martians Go Home," "Martians Stay Home" and "Martians Come Back." Only with "Martians' Lullaby" did he discover that Martians were lulled by trumpets and trombones blasting a 12-bar blues. If only New Jersey had known!
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz