Shelly Manne: Bernie's Tune
Shelly Manne and His Men
Swinging Sounds (Universal UCC09149)
Recorded: Los Angeles, January 19 and 26, 1956
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
1950s West Coast jazz often got a bum rap for being overly arranged and effete. Tracks like this one put the lie to that claim. Although the blistering “Bernie’s Tune” boasts a clever arrangement, both the band’s reading of it and the subsequent improvisations are hot and muscular. Shelly Manne was one of the hardest-swinging drummers on either coast, and trumpeter Stu Williamson and altoist Charlie Mariano could trace their lineages back to Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.
Reviewer: David Franklin
Tags: west coast jazz