Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars - vol. 4 (Oboe/Flute)

This CD reissue brings back a couple of interesting sessions. In 1954, tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper switched to oboe and English horn (being among the very first to solo in jazz on both instruments) on eight selections. He was teamed with Bud Shank (who sticks to flute), pianist Claude Williamson, bassist/leader Howard Rumsey, and drummer Max Roach ; the results seem to define cool West Coast jazz. Cooper was quite fluent on his instruments, and the straight-ahead numbers (six group originals, "Night in Tunisia" and "Bags' Groove") are quite enjoyable. In addition, this set has four selections from 1956 with Buddy Collette taking Shank's spot on flute and Cooper joined by Rumsey, pianist Sonny Clark, and drummer Stan Levey. Collette's atmospheric "Blue Sands" and "A Bit of Basie" are memorable. Recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Howard Rumsey
Lighthouse All-Stars


1 Aquarium (Williamson)  3:06
2 Warm Winds (Cooper)  3:36
3 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  3:02
4 Albatross (Roach)  3:24
5 Blue Sands (Collette)  3:55
6 Swing House (Mulligan)  3:20
7 Still Life (Cooper)  3:19
8 Bags' Groove (Jackson)  3:14
9 Hermosa Summer (Cooper)  3:42
10 A Bit of Basie (Collette)  3:10
11 Waikikian (Cooper)  3:36
12 Happy Town (Shank)  2:54


Bob Cooper - ob & engl hrn
Bud Shank or Buddy Collette - fl & alt fl
Claude Williamson or Sonny Clark - p
Max Roach or Stan Levey - dr
Howard Rumsey - b

Recorded September 25, 1956 [#5, 6, 10 & 11] ; & February 25-26, 1954, all other selections

(See the details of the sessions by Orbyt, in the comments)


rowgatien said...


dreadco said...

One of my favorite jazz flute (or oboe) albums. Thank you.

Orbyt said...

A classic:

Bud Shank (flute, alto flute 1-4, 7-9, 12)
Buddy Collette (flute 5, 6, 10, 11)
Bob Cooper (oboe, english horn)
Claude Williamson (piano 1-4, 7-9, 12), Sonny Clark (piano 5, 6, 10, 11)
Howard Rumsey (bass)
Max Roach (drums 1-4, 7-9, 12), Stan Levey (drums 5, 6, 10, 11)

Tracks 1-4, 7-9, 12 recorded live at Lighthouse Club, Hermosa Beach, CA, 25. & 26. 2. 1954.
Tracks 5, 6, 10, 11 recorded live at Lighthouse Club, Hermosa Beach, CA, 25. 9. 1956.

hasoo said...

Wonderful! Thanks, Melanchthon.

Davidscott789 said...

Thank you!

CrunchyFrog said...

wonderful! Thank you!

nlrp said...

thanks. great.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

FootballRugby said...

It is asking me for a password to unzip the file would be possible to please obtain the password from you I would very much appreciate it

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

I love all of the Lighthouse stuff. I do have this one but excellent post nonetheless.

rev.b said...

Thx Mel!

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot for reuploading!

Carlos Tibau said...

Thank you very much

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

Scoredaddy said...

thanks so much