Shelly Manne: Pas de Trois


Pas de Trois


Shelly Manne (drums)


"The Three" and "The Two" (Contemporary OJCCD-172-2)

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Shelly Manne (drums), Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet, tenor sax), Shorty Rogers (trumpet, flugelhorn).

Composed by Jimmy Giuffre


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, September 10, 1954


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Concurrent sentences under warden Stan Kenton left Shelly Manne and Shorty Rogers, like career criminals acquiring new tricks of the trade in prison, hardened musical adventurers. By contrast, Jimmy Giuffre's "Four Brothers" sojourn with Woody Herman scarcely foretold his subsequent avant-gardism. Only after falling under the sway of composer/mystic Dr. Wesley La Violette did Giuffre grow cerebral, rigorously applying formal compositional devices to chamber jazz. While much mid-'50s West Coast jazz was contrapuntal, Giuffre's "Pas de Trois" takes full advantage of Manne's melodicism, integrating his drums into an extraordinary tripartite fugue. Abstract, controlled, fascinating—Third Stream for three, please.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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