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Swingin Mr Rogers
He came up as a hot trumpet player, then found stardom as an arranger for everyone from Woody Herman to Chet Baker to Herb Alpert. But let's not forget Shorty the trumpet man-he played for Satchmo, Miles, Nat "King" Cole...and he made awesome albums like this 1955 Atlantic LP: Isn't It Romantic; My Heart Stood Still; Not Really the Blues , and more swingin' Shorty!
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Shorty typically worked with the best players on the west coast. The sidemen in his quintet were Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet, tenor & baritone saxes), Pete Jolly (piano), Shelly Manne (drums), and Curtis Counce (bass). All were solo artists with their own recording contracts.
As was his custom, Shorty wrote many of the tunes and all of the arrangements for the album. There's plenty going on, but it's never too busy and everyone gets a chance to stretch. When I joined jam sessions in high school and college, this is the way we all wished we could play.
The original liner notes are included in the package.
Hence, 2 stars from me, not 4.
I've had the LP fifty years and never tire of playing it.