Sunday, July 12, 2015

Lennie Niehaus - Vol. 4 (The Quintets with Strings)

This CD reissue brings back one of Lennie Niehaus' finest recordings of the 1950s. His alto is featured throughout the dozen selections and the varied settings (Niehaus is backed by a string quartet, a standard rhythm section, and sometimes two other saxophonists in addition to performing four numbers with a standard quintet) give him an opportunity to show off his writing abilities. Niehaus varies tempos a lot (the strings are often heard on faster material), there is solo space for the tenor of Bill Perkins, baritonist Bob Gordon, and Stu Williamson on trumpet and valve trombone, and the leader's boppish alto is heard at the peak of his playing powers. Bop collectors can consider this disc to be essential.
Scott Yanow

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Lennie Niehaus
Vol. 4
The Quintets and Strings


1 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  3:49
2 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers)  3:15
3 Easy Living (Rainger, Robin)  2:59
4 If I Should Lose You (Robin, Rainger)  3:15
5 More Than the Blues (Niehaus)  4:32
6 Full House (Niehaus)  2:38
7 Rondo (Niehaus)  3:47
8 Star Eyes (DePaul, Raye)  3:02
9 Lens (Niehaus)  3:32
10 Cross Walk (Niehaus)  2:47
11 Trouble Waters (Johnston, Coslow)  3:37
12 Just One of Those Things (Porter)  3:31


[# 1, 3 & 7]
Lennie Niehaus - as
Christopher Kuzell, Thomas Hall, Barbara Simons - viol
Charlotte Harrison - cel
Monty Budwig - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; March 16, 1955
[# 4, 6, 8, 10 & 11]
Same as above plus
Bill Perkins - ts
Bob Gordon - bs
Recorded in Los Angeles ; March 30, 1955
[# 2, 5, 9 & 12]
Lennie Niehaus - as
Stu Williamson - tp & tb
Hampton Hawes - p
Monty Budwig - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; April 25, 1955


Orbyt said...

These Neihaus sessions on Contemporary shouldn't be missed! Great post Mel.

wightdj said...

Another Niehaus I haven't heard before. Thanks.

chayjazz said...

Thanx for the Lennie Niehaus.


Scoredaddy said...

wonderful, wonderful. Interesting musician and a great film scorer!

Philo said...

I had not heard this before. Very enjoyable music.

And great remastered sound from Joe Tarantino at Fantasy. Who knew an old 1955 mono master could have such good audio!

musician3 said...

Thank You ...... Great Album

hulaboy said...


Jazzrealities said...

Many thanks, to let me hear this, it is the one I missed.

bobbysu said...

thank you very much

FrankDell said...

Man, this is great stuff.

Baron said...

Thanks Mel - this Niehaus session is new to me

Zorn said...

Unfortunately, скачать this remarkable album it is impossible.
Try, please, and you in it are convinced.

neil said...

My sentiments, exactly; many thanks, mel...

tiritiuk said...

I love Lennie!! What a sound. Post more of him, pls!!
Many Thanks

G Man said...

This one i don`t have and I am sure I will love it. Great to be able to check out Vol.4. Ready for Lennie! Thank you!

Kovina Kris said...

Essential says the review. Can't wait to hear it says I as well as Thank You VERRY much!

danair said...

Thanks Mel never heard this one.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel! This one is new to me.

Melanchthon said...

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

deGallo said...

Very appreciated. Thank you.

ProfessorCalculus said...


neil said...

Lost my original download, mel; so many thanks for the re-up...

Jaffa said...

This re-up made me listen to that one again. And it's a great one !!! Thanks again, Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

A.H said...

Merci, you are the Jazz Master

Anonymous said...

Thank you but the links are expired