Personnel: Lennie Niehaus, Bill Holman, Jimmy Giuffre, Stu Williamson, Bob Enevoldsen, Pete Jolly, Monty Budwig, Shelly Manne.
Originally released on Contemporary (3503).
Personnel: Lennie Niehaus (alto saxophone); Jack Montrose, Bill Holman (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Giuffre (baritone saxophone); Stu Williamson (trumpet); Bob Enevoldsen (valve trombone); Lou Levy, Pete Jolly (piano); Shelly Manne (drums).
Liner Note Authors: John Flanagan; Arnold Shaw; Lennie Niehaus.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (07/1954-01/1955); Los Angeles, CA (07/1954-01/1955).
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