Given the success of the Peter Gunn television series, Henry Mancini’s scores for that refreshing detective story, and Shelly Manne’s freewheeling adaptation of the music, it was inevitable that Manne would do a follow-up to his well-received Shelly Manne and His Men Play Peter Gunn (OJCCD-946-2). Only five months elapsed between Manne’s recording the first album and Son of Gunn!!, but his band had undergone significant changes. Trumpeter Conte Candoli and alto saxophonist Herb Geller moved on, to be replaced by Joe Gordon and tenor saxophonist Richie Kamuca, giving the front line a different character. What did not change was the quality of the music and the zest with which the quintet played it. Again using Mancini’s themes and harmonies as points of departure, Manne and his men created fresh performances that stood—and stand—on their own. Mancini encouraged their free interpretations and was delighted with them, as listeners have been ever since.
with Victor Feldman, Joe Gordon, Richie Kamuca, Russ Freeman, Monty Budwig