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Gus Mancuso & Special Friends

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1. I'm Glad There Is You
2. Brother Aintz
3. Ev'ry Time
4. The Ruble And The Yen
5. By The Way
6. And Baby Makes Three
7. Goody Goody
8. How Do You Like Your Eggs In The Morning?
9. A Hatful Of Dandruff
10. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
11. Love Is A Simple Thing
12. Monotonous
13. Scratch My Back
14. O-Fayces
15. The Boston Beguine
16. Guess Who I Saw Today?
17. Love Is Never Out Of Season
18. I'm In Love With Miss Logan

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 30, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B000058DZE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Over the past couple of years I have purchased hundreds of remaindered Fantasy/OJC CDs, and "Gus Mancuso & Special Friends" has to be one of my most special discoveries. First off, I almost missed this one when I was flipping through the bins at Newbury Comics because this Fantasy two-fer's cover doesn't have any of the trademark OJC design elements (logo, B&W spine, etc.). But like his baseball player namesake, I saved this ball from getting passed! This disc features two original albums by this original jazz baritone horn player, not baritone sax as the inside CD booklet incorrectly identifies. "Introducing Gus Mancuso" was recorded over three sessions in 1956 and featured three different lineups -- Gene Wright played bass on all three dates, and Cal Tjader the drums, not vibes, on two (Bill Douglass was the other drummer), while one quartet also had Gerald Wiggins on piano, the other Eddie Duran on guitar, and the quintet Vince Guiraldi on piano and Richie Kamuca on tenor sax. The Duran group plays four tracks and the other two get three each, and they are all very well performed, though there is some lack of continuity between tracks because the various sessions are all mixed up in the sequencing. Overall, "Introducing" is a solid four star effort; it is the April 22, 1958 session "Music from New Faces" that is the indisputable five star affair. Featuring two "faces" I knew, Pete Jolly on piano and Red Mitchell on bass, and two that I didn't, Joe Romano on tenor sax and Buddy Greve on drums, this is one of the finest 50s West Coast dates I have ever heard. Jolly in particular puts in an amazing performnce, and it's hard to believe I've never heard the smoking Romano before, he's terrific. I encourage you to make some "Special Friends" while you can.
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You have to give Fantasy a lot of credit - there was a period when they had maybe the best CD reissue program of any label. Not only their "Classic" holdings (i.e Miles, Monk, Bill Evans...), but artists you may have forgot about (Jimmy Woods, Don Sleet). But they really dug deep with this one - 2 albums from a relatively little known Gus Mancuso. Mancuso sticks to baritone horn here (if you didn't know that you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a trombone) and is surrounded by some first rate musicians. As the other reviewer points out, Pete Jolly and Joe Romano (like Mancuso, from that hotbed of Italian-American jazz Upstate New York) are standouts, as is Richie Kamuca. The second album (with Romano and Jolly) is the stronger, made up of tunes from one of those '50's "New Faces" reviews ("Guess Who I Saw Today" is probably the only one that any life) - good vehicles for blowing. The earlier of the 2 albums is made up of 3 sessions, with different personnel (Cal Tjader plays drums, Gerald Wiggins and Vince Guaraldi are in there, as well as an almost inaudible Gene Wright), all offered in no particular order. Everything's well played, but nothing that wasn't done a hundred other times. I wouldn't put this at the top of any list, the music is in the 3-4 star range, but certainly a very good package, worth having, and a good job of making some of the less obvious records available. Once this is gone, I doubt it will ever be issued again.
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