Bud Shank and Shorty Rogers were close friends and colleagues from their days in the Lighthouse All-Stars until Rogers’s death in 1994, well more than 40 years. This 1954 date for the Nocturne label was one of their happiest collaborations. The occasion of Rogers’s first recording on flugelhorn, it was also notable for the introduction of two of his loveliest ballads, "Lotus Bud" and "Jasmine." Jimmy Rowles, at the top of his elliptical piano game, shared solo honors. Later in 1954, pianist Lou Levy--only 27, but a respected jazz veteran--headed a trio date for Nocturne. The tapes languished until they were issued nearly four decades later on a European label. Now more widely available, they find Levy at the height of is bebop powers, which are striking in two lightning-fast pieces, "Tiny’s Other Blues" and "Bloo Denim." His sidemen are bassist Harry Babasin and drummer Larry Bunker.
with Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Rowles, Harry Babasin, Roy Harte, Larry Bunker