Shelly Manne: Lean on Me


Lean on Me


Shelly Manne (drums)


2-3-4 (Impulse IMP 11492)

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Shelly Manne (drums), Eddie Costa (piano), George Duvivier (bass).

Composed by Ed Waldman & Alan Greene


Recorded: New York, February 8, 1962


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This tune is definitely not one of the most often played, and this trio was definitely not Shelly Manne’s usual working band. Yet, with two highly compatible and inspired musicians, the master drummer has recorded a little marvel. Costa’s highly personal and percussive approach to the piano (he was also a great vibist) and Duvivier’s deep sound and utter mastery of the bass combine with Manne’s sparkling, precise drumming to make the most of this lesser known song by deconstructing and rebuilding its melody. The three virtuosos obviously have a lot of fun shifting styles and tempos at breathtaking speed, so that the listener’s ears feel like they are being carried on a fascinating sonic and rhythmic ride. Hasn’t jazz been called “the sound of surprise”?

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum


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