Saturday, May 6, 2017

Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars at Laguna

In 1955, the Lighthouse All-Stars frequently played away from their home base. On this live set, they are heard appearing two hours away from the Lighthouse, at the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach. The All-Stars of the time (altoist Bud Shank, Bob Cooper on tenor, trombonist Frank Rosolino, pianist Claude Williamson, bassist/leader Howard Rumsey and drummer Stan Levey, but surprisingly no trumpet) perform five numbers, including features for Shank on flute and Rosolino, and support guitarist Barney Kessel on "'Round Midnight." In addition, pianist Hampton Hawes' trio (with bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Shelly Manne) romps on "Walkin'" and a heated "The Champ." This fine all-around survey of the modern jazz mainstream of 1955 is currently available as a CD reissue.
Scott Yanow

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Howard Rumsey
Lighthouse All-Stars
Lighthouse at Laguna


1 Witch Doctor N° 2 (Cooper)  6:10
2 'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Monk, Williams)  5:50
3 Mood for Lighthouse (Cooper)  4:04
4 Walkin' (Carpenter)  6:59
5 Blind Man's Bluff (Williamson)  6:08
6 Lady Jean (Rosolino)  3:57
7 The Champ (Gillespie)  5:26
8 Casa de Luz (Rogers)  6:37


[# 1-3, 5, 6 & 8] THE ALL-STARS
Howard Rumsey - b
Frank Rosolino - tb
Bud Shank - as & fl
Bob Cooper - ts
Barney Kessel - g [# 2]
Claude Williamson - p
Stan Levey - dr
Hampton Hawes - p
Red Mitchell - b
Shelly Manne - dr

Recorded with the cooperation of Euterpean Productions, producer of the concert The Lighthouse at Laguna, Irvine Bowl, Laguna Beach, California ; June 20, 1955

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LaroSwing said...


Ground Rules said...

Thanks once again for sharing a great recording and for keeping such a fine operation going here. Definitely one of the best! Bravo!

deGallo said...

Thank you for Lighthouse At Laguna.

Danneau said...

Thank you for Lighthouse at Laguna, another sterling work of the day.

nlrp said...

merci par cette perle.

Frasco said...

Excellent share and a fine cover, too. Merci bien!

moha said...

I missed track 6-8, thank you!

Davidscott789 said...

Thank you!

jazztap said...


adakun said...

Thank you very much for all these discs.

fcapeau said...

"The Champ" and "Walking" are the two main reasons of my love to Hampton Hawes, as this record and all others in the series for the Rumsey's combos at that time. So, many thanks, Mel, for sharing these gems.

Zape said...

Thanks again Mel.

James Harrod said...


I enjoy your blog very much, it is always nice to have one's memory jogged regarding jazz releases that are not widely acknowledged and appreciated. I have an extensive review of the Lighthouse At Laguna album on my Jazz Research blog. Interested parties can view it at:

Thanks again for the blog!


jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

Bud! Barney! Frank! Howard! Red! Claude! Shelly! Stan! Howard! Hampton! This lineup is HISTORY. Thanks so much, MM!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you, Mel.

Eric said...

Thank you as always.

Kovina Kris said...

I love all of the Lighthouse records. Great post!

Jay said...

Thanks a lot, Mel!

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