The 1950s represented a golden era for a group of talented West Coast jazzmen. Howard Rumsey, still a bass player in those days, directed the musical policy for the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. In this typical session, such seminal figures as Shelly Manne, Shorty Rogers, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmy Giuffre, Hampton Hawes, and Bob Cooper are heard from, playing typical originals, most of them by Giuffre and Rogers. This is a definitive collection, offering convincing evidence that Los Angeles was by no means a jazz wasteland as some New York critics had alleged.
with Milt Bernhart, Bob Cooper, Jimmy Giuffre, Hampton Hawes, Shelly Manne, Frank Patchen, Shorty Rogers