Friday, June 14, 2013

Howard Rumsey - Sunday Jazz a la Lighthouse, vol. 2

This 1998 OJC CD reissues a very elusive item, the first 10" LP released by Contemporary. The six selections by the Lighthouse All-Stars (actually their fourth recording and third for Contemporary) were recorded live at the Lighthouse. At the time, the band had quite a notable lineup (trumpeter Shorty Rogers, trombonist Milt Bernhart, both Jimmy Giuffre and Bob Cooper on tenors, pianist Russ Freeman, bassist Howard Rumsey, and drummer Shelly Manne). The recording quality is not as good as studio records of the era, but the musicians all play well; Teddy Edwards' "Sunset Eyes" is a highlight. Shortly after, Rogers and Manne would depart to lead their own bands and Giuffre would join Rogers. This CD concludes with three previously unreleased numbers from September 1953 (including a 12-minute version of "Four Others") that feature a mostly different version of the All-Stars : Rolf Ericson and Chet Baker, who were sitting in on trumpets ; altoist Bud Shank ; Cooper back on tenor ; an unidentified pianist ; leader/bassist Rumsey ; and drummer Max Roach. Collectors of West Coast jazz and completists will want this CD even if it falls short of being essential.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Howard Rumsey's
Lighthouse All-Stars
Sunday Jazz a la Lighthouse, vol. 2


1 Luau (Rogers)  3:36
2 Comin' Thru the Rye Bread (Domain, Rogers)  6:10
3 Taking a Chance on Love (Duke, Fetter, Latouche)  3:57
4 The Big Top (Giuffre)  4:10
5 The Duke You Say ! (Giuffre)  3:42
6 Sunset Eyes (Edwards)  5:25
7 Glidin' Along (Giuffre)  5:37
8 Beau Boy (Rogers)  7:36
9 Four Others (Giuffre)  12:01

[# 1-6]
Milt Bernhart - tb
Shorty Rogers - tp
Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper - ts
Russ Freeman - p
Howard Rumsey - b
Shelly Manne - dr
[# 7-9]
Bob Cooper - ts
Rolf Ericson, Chet Baker - tp
Bud Shank - as
Lorraine Geller - p
Claude Williamson or Russ Freeman - p [# 8]
Howard Rumsey - b
Max Roach - dr

Recorded live at the Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, California ; May 15, 1943 [# 1-6] ; & September 1953 [# 7-9]


Melanchthon said...

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
What a wonderful line up!!!

AmyBRAINS said...

Great album!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

fcapeau said...

I love these LightHouse sessions ! Amazing West Coast Jazz ... A big thank you for this one, Mel.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!