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Zounds

Lennie NiehausAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 21, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000ZAU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Sermon (Octet No.2)
2. How About You (Octet No.1)
3. Figure 8 (Octet No.1)
4. Patti-Cake (Octet No.1)
5. With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair (Octet No.2)
6. The Way You Look Tonight (Octet No.1)
7. Have You Met Miss Jones? (Octet No.1)
8. Four (Octet No.2)
9. Night Life (Octet No.1)
10. The Night We Called It A Day (Octet No.1)
11. Blues For Susie (Octet No.2)
12. Seaside (Octet No.1)

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5.0 out of 5 stars West coast zounds to die for August 8, 2004
By Jazzcat
Format:Audio CD
You simply would run immediatly at your music store or push the button "buy it now" if you only could know the quality of the music that this gem comprehend. This is truly an essential jazz record. I mean that the quality of the arrangements, of the tunes, of the solos is superlative. The tunes contained in Zounds were recorded in 1954 and 1956 as the results of the meetings of two different octets leaded by Lennie Niehaus of Kenton's fame. They are five Niehaus originals, five standards, and two tunes one by Hampton Hawes and the other one penned by Miles. The music orchestrated here is not in the abstract vogue sometimes the west coast guys followed. Neither this Jazz is cool ... cold or whatever. It is terrific swingin small orchestra Jazz of the highest caliber, with the right aged patina, with the right mojo!! This is Jazz, not third stream, not experimental or abstract music. Here what you'll find are stellar arrangements that does swing! You can buy this record with your eyes closed, you will not find a single bore moment inside this album. Solos are equally superlative. Solo guys are Rosolino, Niehaus, Levy, Pepper Adams, Bill Perkins, Bob Gordon and so on, the creme of the West Coast movement (Shelly Manne played the drums on 8 tracks!!!!). Don't waste time searching for good and equally histotrical significant jazz recordings ... you have found one of the overall best. Your quest is over. For now. After this, try Duane Tatro's Jazz for moderns, it's a step forward in terms of adventureness and abstract approach, but equally superlative. Do yourself a favour let's begin your west coast collection with the right foot. Buy this one, and Tatro's album together (maybe West Coast Jazz in Hi Fi by Kamuca too). What a west coast deal !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD September 9, 2005
By Bomojaz
Format:Audio CD
Lennie Niehaus recorded 5 LPs for Contemporary Records between 1954 and 1956 and this is Volume 2. It contains two different octet units, both featuring the top West Coast players of the day. Niehaus, a Bird-influenced alto sax player who could also play suavely sophisticated, swings like mad on most of the material here. Of the 12 tunes only one is a ballad; the rest are all taken at a pretty good clip. FIGURE 8, THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT, HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES, AND SEASIDE are all highlights of the set. The other tunes are not far behind; in fact, there's not a disappointing turn on the entire CD. Marvelous swinging West Coast sounds. Definitely worth getting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars West Coast Jazz by Lennie Niehaus August 13, 2011
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Known mostly for his arranging skills for small ensemble, Lennie Niehaus became known as a gifted soloist and icon for the west coast movememt of the fifties and early sixties. The players on this cd are all top sidemen and leaders, formatable soloist from an era of music gone by. All but lost in today's jazz is the cool element that was created by Miles and Gil and gave jazz music a more respectable and accepted sound. His movie credits and significant jazz education endevours have earned him music director at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The standard for excellence and expressive technique are presented here with distinguished compositions and astounding solo performances. The language of West Coast Jazz is clearly defined by Shelly Mann, Red Mitchell, Mel Lewis and Bob Cooper. Here you are able to experience with your ears the impact of Stan Kenton, Shorty Rogers, Frank Rosolino and Pepper Adams. The acedemic approach to modern jazz is clearly defined by this collection of small ensemble compositions and remarkable performances by Lennie Niehaus and crew.

This music is rare in todays world and must be preserved and heard often. Jazz education is a prominent force in preserving our musical heritage. It is our classical music and must be resurected for all generations to appreciate. Contemporay Records was a catalyst for the west coast movement and Zounds! is one of it's best examples. The music is exciting yet relaxing and demonstrates a range of emotions that typlified the free and energized fifties mood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zounds! It Swings! September 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I'm not going to write too much, as the quality of the music on this album has been covered in detail by those who have already written reviews. I simply want to add that I just purchased a copy of this CD and fell in love with it immediately. These are great arrangements, and boy do they swing! This is going to be one of my favourites for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC JAZZ !! LOVE THIS CD~ LENNIE IS THE MAN August 30, 2009
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MY SISTER MET LENNIE AND HIS WIFE AND SUGGESTED WE LOOK UP HIS MUSIC. I DID AN AMAZON SEARCH AND WAS VERY PLEASANTLY SURPRISED . THIS CD HAS BECOME ONE OF OUR FAVORITE LAZY AFTERNOON , DRINKING A GLASS OF WINE ON THE PATIO, CD'S . WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO ORDERING SOME OF HIS NEWER ONES.
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