The Octets

Lennie Niehaus

The Octets
  • CAT # OJCCD-1767-2

    1. Blue Room 3:00
    2. You And The Night And The Music 2:28
    3. Bunko 3:23
    4. Love Is Here To Stay 3:11
    5. They Say It's Wonderful 3:07
    6. Rick's Tricks 4:02
    7. Rose Room 4:03
    8. Cooling It 2:48
    9. Yes (You've Got Me Eating Right Out) 2:48
    10. Debbie 3:30
    11. Nice Work If You Can Get It 2:48
    12. Circling The Blues 3:16

Back in the heyday of West Coast jazz, alto saxophonist Lennie Niehaus (best known recently as musical director of the film Bird) led several limber studio bands for Contemporary Records. The present octet, tight yet relaxed in its overall feel, works in the style then popularized by Shorty Rogers and Gerry Mulligan. Besides the leader’s fluent horn, this 1955 session allows us to hear such reliable but unheralded players as Stu Williamson and Bob Enevoldsen, plus the always-strong groove of a Shelly Manne-based rhythm section.

with Bill Holman, Jimmy Giuffre, Stu Williamson, Bob Enevoldsen, Pete Jolly, Monty Budwig, Shelly Manne

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