One of the few jazz bassists to use the cello as a solo instrument, Harry Babasin also pioneered in other aspects of music and the music business. He was one of the first North American musicians to be captivated by the Brazilian music, formed from samba and jazz, that came to be called bossa nova. In the early 1950s florescence of jazz in Southern California, he founded Nocturne Records, providing an outlet for some of the finest musicians in the movement. Here, in recordings led by Babasin and his close colleague Bob Enevoldsen, are two long-unavailable Nocturne sessions. Enevoldsen, a triple threat, plays bass, valve trombone, and tenor saxophone. Among the West Coast luminaries taking part are pianists Jimmy Rowles and Marty Paich, drummer Larry Bunker, guitarist Howard Roberts, and drummer Roy Harte.
La Rosita, Skylark, Tangerine, Easy to Remember, The Girl Friend, When You Wish Upon a Star, Babo-Ling, Fast Buck, My Old Flame, Dança do Brasil, Lulu’s Back in Town, Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?), Where Did the Gentleman Go?, Snootie Little Cutie
with Larry Bunker, Jimmy Rowles, Roy Harte, Marty Paich, Howard Roberts, Don Heath