In the 1950s and Sixties a number of top jazz soloists--pianists in particular --recorded Broadway and Hollywood material and, increasingly, rock and soul. The idea, of course, was to broaden the appeal of these players by making them more au courant. Pianist Julian "Junior" Mance (b. 1928), one of the leading purveyors of soul-jazz, had already achieved more than a measure of popularity beyond the jazz world, first via his strongly blues-based work with Cannonball Adderley's group, then at the helm of his own trio. The albums paired here, initially recorded at the beginning and end of the Sixties, find Mance in two different settings. On The Soul of Hollywood, the earlier date spotlighting 11 cinematic favorites, he weaves skillfully and soulfully through the arrangements for full orchestra of first-call New York musicians. The LP was arranged and conducted by Melba Liston, who'd notched impressive credits with Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones. As for That Lovin' Feelin', though recorded c. 1968-'69 it was reedited and remixed in 1972. Here Mance, at the helm of two quartets, shines in the swinging, bluesy manner with which he'd won his spurs.
with orchestra arranged and conducted by Melba Liston; Aaron Bell, Bob Cranshaw, Bob Cunningham, Oliver Jackson, Jimmy Lovelace, Ralph MacDonald, Harold White