Thursday, December 31, 2015

Let's Get Acquainted with Jazz - Jimmy Rowles Sextet

The drawing on the cover and the liner notes, such as they are, are rather silly (silly ?), but the music on this brief, but enjoyable, CD reissue (subtitled 'For People Who Hate Jazz') features some fine playing from a variety of top West Coast-based musicians. Pianist Jimmy Rowles is the leader and is assisted by guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Red Mitchell, drummer Mel Lewis, sometimes vibraphonist Larry Bunker and tenor saxophonist Harold Land, or trumpeter Pete Candoli. They perform six standards, three takes on "The Blues" and three originals by Rowles. It's a program of tasteful and lightly swinging mainstream jazz.
Scott Yanow

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 Jimmy Rowles
Let's Get Acquainted with Jazz
(For People Who Hate Jazz)


1 The Cobra (Rowles)  3:19
2 Cheetas for Two (Rowles)  2:55
3 El Tigre (Rowles)  2:14
4 Lullaby of Birdland (Shearing, Weiss)  3:15
5 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  3:22
6 All for You (Scherman)  3:42
7 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  2:52
8 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) (Bowman)  2:30
9 The Blues (Rowles)  3:53
10 Perdido (Drake, Lengsfelder, Tizol)  3:18
11 The Blues [alt. take #1] (Rowles)  4:58
12 The Blues [alt. take #2] (Rowles)  3:02


Jimmy Rowles - p
Pete Candoli - tp
Harold Land - ts
Barney Kessel - g
Larry Bunker - vb
Red Mitchell - b

Mel Lewis - dr

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California ; June 20, 1958


Bhowani said...

jimmy rowles

thank you mel !

_Bato Ribot said...

Thank you Mel, i only had some Rowles as an acompanist.
Can you upload again Miles at Olympia 1960, the two discs, PLEEEASE
Goodbye and thanks again for all the great music you share,

itr said...

Another little gem, many thanks Mel.

chuchuni said...

For those who don't have it, get it. A great pianist !

Joyeux Noel, et merci pour tout ! :)

Otis Foster said...

Nice pianist, can't wait to hear.


Blue Eyes said...

Wow! thank you very much Melanchthon
for this wonderful album ! Merry Christmas to you and your family !

cohens2 said...

Many thanks for this.

Axel.T. said...

Wonderful, Thanks for this gem!!

neil said...

Late discovering this, Mel, but many thanks for the opportunity to upgrade and get those alt takes!

poppachubby said...

Wow, the line up is intruiging and difficult to resist. Thx mel!!

El Tortuga said...

thank you Mel, again a very nice record. i'm amazed by the amount of great music coming out of this magic hat of yours. thank you so much.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you for all the music that I cannot have in all my life and now enjoy every day. I love the 50's and 60's jazz.

Toad said...

Many thanks for this supergroup (...and Barney Kessel)

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you Mel for another great share!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Love this! Thank you.

Doug said...

Great music ... & great cover.Thanks.

jm said...

For how many years after 1958 would there be anybody left in the United States who was eager "get acquainted with jazz" in the spectacularly (and unhandsomely) naive way that the Rowles Sextet cover conveys? Just amazing. Can you imagine any communication, if there was indeed any at all, direct, indirect, or vitual, between a highly sophisticated leader and whoever directed communications, broadly speaking, with customers at Tampa Records. I can't wait to hear this download.
Pleasure in the music apart, you again teach me lots! Thank you for the nth time, and have a fine new year.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for this re-up of a fine album

FatVonFree said...

hey guys what are you all using to extract these? stuffit, unarchiver and entropy all say they cant recognize the files. do i need to change the .7z part?? what am i missing here?

bho wani said...

Amazing to see that I know your paradisiac blog since 2009 !!!

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