Thursday, February 25, 2016

Lennie Niehaus - Vol. 5 (The Sextet)

It was a sad day for cool jazz when Lennie Niehaus made film music — not jazz — his primary focus. From a jazz standpoint, the Los Angeles resident had so much going for him. Niehaus had an attractive tone along the lines of Lee Konitz and early Bud Shank, and he was a talented arranger to boot. Produced by Lester Koenig in L.A. in 1956, Lennie Niehaus, Vol. 5: The Sextet is quite representative of Niehaus' Contemporary output of the 1950s. This album, which Fantasy reissued on CD on its Original Jazz Classics imprint in 2001, finds Niehaus leading a sextet that boasts Bill Perkins on tenor sax and flute, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone sax, Stu Williamson on trumpet and valve trombone, Buddy Clark on upright bass, and Shelly Manne on drums — in other words, the cream of the southern California crop. The performances are swinging, but in a subtle, understated way that often recalls Miles Davis' seminal Birth of the Cool sessions of 1949-1950. Whether Niehaus is embracing original material or standards, this album doesn't get in your face. But saying that these performances aren't aggressive isn't saying that they aren't inspired or that they don't swing — Niehaus, like many other members of jazz's cool school, realized that you don't have to be forceful to be expressive. Unfortunately, a lot of New York jazz critics didn't realize that, which is why cool jazz received so much bad press from the Manhattan jazz police — to them, East Coast hard bop was superior because it was more intense. But, truth be told, cool jazz and hard bop are equally valid parts of the house that Charlie Parker built — and Niehaus has no problem showing listeners the richness of cool jazz on this excellent album.
Alex Henderson

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0cfixqrgldse

Lennie Niehaus
Vol. 5
The Sextet

Tracks

1 Thou Swell (Hart, Rodgers)  4:50
2 I Wished on the Moon (Parker, Rainger)  4:16
3 Knee Deep (Niehaus)  4:02
4 Fond Memories (Niehaus)  4:21
5 Take It from Me (Niehaus)  4:47
6 Belle of the Ball (Anderson)  2:52
7 As Long as I Live (Arlen, Koehler)  4:36
8 Ill Wind (Arlen, Koehler)  4:08
9 Three of a Kind (Niehaus)  3:27
10 Elbow Room (Niehaus)  6:41

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Personnel
Lennie Niehaus - as
Bill Perkins - ts & fl
Jimmy Giuffre - bs
Stu Williamson - tp & tb
Buddy Clark - b
Shelly Manne - dr

Recorded in Contemporary's Studio in Los Angeles ; January 9, 11 & 12, 1956.

25 comments:

blbs said...

Wow!!! New for me this one
Thanks Melan!

Orbyt said...

What a stellar lineup! Thank you Mel.

wightdj said...

This one fills in a hole for me. Thanks.

Scoredaddy said...

wowee! Thanks Mel

cvllos said...

Marvelous recover, Mel, once more!
Many congratulations for your continuous effort on these ancient jobs.

yewsta said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you & Appriciate

micky said...

wonderful thank you very much

rowgatien said...

Merci, merci! Nice post.

moha said...

I didn't have vol.5. thank You for it Mel, very much!!

hulaboy said...

Looks great. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank U Very Much

Pernath said...

Great album. Shelly Manne at his finest. Thanks Mel.

deGallo said...

Yes! Very nice. Thank you.

tiritiuk said...

What a discovery!! Never listened to Lennie.
Many thanks for thi spost!!

Anonymous said...

Hola. Podrias crregir el link? Gracias

Melanchthon said...

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Pablo Gutierrez said...

a jewel. thanks

Musrafak said...

Muchas gracias por todo lo de Lennie Niehaus. Aquí lo conocí

ndoondo ndoondo said...

Thank you very much !

daniel genovese said...

THANK YOU

adakun said...

Muchas gracias Mel.

Fred Archtop said...

Thank you so much Mel.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous, thanks so much Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You