Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lennie Niehaus - Vol. 2 & 3 (The Octets)

An excellent altoist and jazz arranger in the 1950s (most notably for Stan Kenton), Lennie Niehaus in more recent times won fame for his work scoring the music for Clint Eastwood films. After graduating from college, Niehaus played alto and occasionally wrote for Kenton (1951-1952) before being drafted for the Army (1952-1954). Upon his discharge, Kenton welcomed Niehaus back and he worked for the bandleader on and off for the rest of the decade. Niehaus, who led and played alto on six albums between 1954-1957 (five for Contemporary), had a cool tone a bit reminiscent of Lee Konitz. By the 1960s, his playing had gone by the wayside as Niehaus concentrated on writing for films. Although he largely left jazz at that time, his work on Play Misty for Me, and particularly Bird for Clint Eastwood, allowed one to once again admire his jazz writing.

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Lennie Niehaus
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Vol. 2
[The Octet I]


1 The Sermon (Hawes)  5:12
2 How About You ? (Freed, Lane)  2:26
3 Figure 8 (Niehaus)  3:38
4 Patti Cake (Niehaus)  2:38
5 With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair (Edwards, Lawrence)  4:00
6 The Way You Look Tonight (Fields, Kern)  3:31
7 Have You Met Miss Jones ? (Hart, Rodgers)  2:40
8 Four (Davis)  3:58
9 Night Life (Niehaus)  2:37
10 The Night We Called It a Day (Adair, Dennis)  3:57
11 Blues for Susie (Niehaus)  3:33
12 Seaside (Niehaus)  2:29


[2-4, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 12]
Lennie Niehaus - as
Jack Montrose - ts
Bob Gordon - bs
Stu Williamson - tp
Bob Enevoldsen - tb
Lou Levy - p
Monty Budwig - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California ; August 23, 1954 .
[1, 5, 8 & 11]
Lennie Niehaus - as
Bill Perkins - ts
Pepper Adams - bs
Vincent De Rosa - fr hrn
Frank Rosolino - tb
James McAllister - tub
Red Mitchell - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Recorded at Contemporary Studios in Los Angeles ; November 10, 1956
This formerly rare Contemporary set was reissued on a 1997 OJC CD. Lennie Niehaus, best known for his scores for Clint Eastwood films in the 1980s and '90s, was an excellent cool-toned bop altoist back in the '50s who spent time working with Stan Kenton. For this album, he is heard on two different occasions providing arrangements and alto solos for octets. With such fine players as either Jack Montrose or Bill Perkins on tenor, Bob Gordon or Pepper Adams on baritone, and other top West Coast jazz musicians, Niehaus primarily performs cool jazz. The inventive charts (which on the later date utilize a French horn and a tuba) and the superior, concise solos make this a set well worth acquiring by fans of the West Coast jazz sound of the '50s.
Scott Yanow

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Lennie Niehaus
Vol. 3
[The Octet II]


1 The Blue Room (Hart, Rodgers)  3:25
2 You and the Night and the Music (Dietz, Schwartz)  2:28
3 Bunko (Niehaus)  3:23
4 Love Is Here to Stay (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:11
5 They Say It's Wonderful (Berlin)  3:07
6 Rick's Tricks (Niehaus)  4:02
7 Rose Room (Hickman, Williams)  4:03
8 Cooling It (Niehaus)  2:48
9 Yes, Yes, Honey (Patterson, Shannon)  2:48
10 Debbie (Niehaus)  3:30
11 Nice Work If You Can Get It (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:48
12 Circling the Blues (Niehaus)  3:16


Lennie Niehaus - as
Bill Holman - ts
Jimmy Giuffre - bs
Stu Williamson - tp
Bob Enevoldsen - tb
Pete Jolly - p
Monty Budwig - b
Shelly Manne - dr

Recorded in Hollywood ; afternoons of January 11, 26 & February 15, 1955
For this CD reissue, Lennie Niehaus contributed five originals (including "Rick's Tricks" and "Circling the Blues") plus creative reworkings of six veteran standards and an obscurity called "Yes, Yes, Honey." The lineup of musicians is virtually a who's who of West Coast jazz (altoist Niehaus, tenor saxophonist Bill Holman, baritonist Jimmy Giuffre, trumpeter Stu Williamson, valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Shelly Manne), and the charts are both swinging and filled with some subtle surprises and occasional unusual tone colors. Well worth checking out, as are Niehaus' other valuable Contemporary sessions of the 1950s.
Scott Yanow

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Larry said...

Excellent! Thank You!

Mike said...

I've enjoyed v.3 and 4 for many years, but have never heard v.2. Thanks a lot for this.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for these great albums

Fred Archtop said...

thanks Mel !

Anonymous said...

Excellent share, as up to now I knew his name for his collaboration with Stan Kenton only. So it's nice to listen to him on this way.
Thank's a lot, very much appreciated!

cmingus said...


N'est-il pas possible de revenir à des fichiers autres que 7z.001 comme par le passé ?
Mon matériel ne me permet pas de décompresser les fichiers malgré mes tentatives selon vos suggestions passées.


deGallo said...

Great post! Thank you.

baar said...

Thank you very much.
greetings from holland

Rodney said...

Thank you, Mel

Luis Lorenzo said...

Mabníficos discos. Gracias Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

I love "West Coast" jazz so this is really cool. Thank you very much Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Vol. 2

Vol. 3

Anonymous said...

I lve these cats and their art, thanks so much, dear MM.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you very much!