Friday, November 19, 2010

Shorty Rogers

A fine middle-register trumpeter whose style seemed to practically define "cool jazz," Shorty Rogers was actually more significant for his arranging, both in jazz and in the movie studios. After gaining early experience with Will Bradley and Red Norvo and serving in the military, Rogers rose to fame as a member of Woody Herman's First and Second Herds (1945-1946 and 1947-1949), and somehow he managed to bring some swing to the Stan Kenton Innovations Orchestra (1950-1951), clearly enjoying writing for the stratospheric flights of Maynard Ferguson. After that association ran its course, Rogers settled in Los Angeles where he led his Giants (which ranged from a quintet to a nonet and a big band) on a series of rewarding West Coast jazz-styled recordings and wrote for the studios, helping greatly to bring jazz into the movies; his scores for The Wild One and The Man With the Golden Arm are particularly memorable. After 1962, Rogers stuck almost exclusively to writing for television and films, but in 1982 he began a comeback in jazz. Rogers reorganized and headed the Lighthouse All-Stars and, although his own playing was not quite as strong as previously, he remained a welcome presence both in clubs and recordings.
Scott Yanow
Source :

Shorty Rogers
A Portrait of Shorty


1 Saturnian Sleigh Ride 3:48
2 Martians Lullaby 7:13
3 The Line Backer 4:11
4 Grand Slam 4:57
5 Play ! Boy 5:43
6 A Geophysical Ear 3:46
7 Red Dog Play 4:49
8 Bluezies 6:40

All Compositions by Shorty Rogers

Featuring Shorty Rogers, Al Porcina, Conrad Gonzo, Don Fagerquist, Conte Candoli, Pete Candoli, Frank Rosolino, George Roberts, Herb Geller, Richie Kamuca, Pepper Adams, Lou Levy, Stan Levey, etc...

Recorded in Los Angeles, between July 15 & August 11, 1957


Melanchthon said...

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel; this is a terrific recording. I'm happy to see it here.

PlantDoctor53 said...

This still sounds fresh to me. It really swings!

rubberduck said...

Thanks MEl, Realy a nice record !