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Shelly Manne

Shelly Manne made a countless number of records from the 1940s into the '80s but is best-known as a good-humored bandleader who never hogged the spotlight. Originally a saxophonist, Manne switched to drums when he was 18 and started working almost immediately. He was with Joe Marsala's band (making his recording debut in 1941), played briefly in the big bands of Will Bradley, Raymond Scott, and Les Brown and was on drums for Coleman Hawkins's classic "The Man I Love" session of late 1943. Manne worked on and off with Stan Kenton during 1946-1952, also touring with Jazz at the Philharmonic (1948-1949), and gigging with Woody Herman (1949). After leaving Kenton, Manne moved to Los Angeles where he became the most in-demand of all jazz drummers. He began recording as a leader (his first session was cut in Chicago in 1951) on a regular basis starting in 1953 when he first put together the quintet Shelly Manne & His Men. Among the sidemen who were in his band during their long string of Contemporary recordings (1955-1962) were Stu Williamson, Conte Candoli, Joe Gordan, Bob Enevoldsen, Joe Maini, Charlie Mariano, Herb Geller, Bill Holman, Jimmy Giuffre, Richie Kamuca, Victor Feldman, Russ Freeman, Ralph Pena, Leroy Vinnegar, and Monty Budwig. Manne, who had the good fortune to be the leader of a date by the André Previn Trio that resulted in a major seller (jazz versions of tunes from My Fair Lady), always had an open musical mind and he recorded some fairly free pieces on The Three and the Two (trios with Shorty Rogers and Jimmy Giuffre that did not have a piano or bass, along with duets with Russ Freeman), and enjoyed playing on an early session with Ornette Coleman. In addition to his jazz work, Manne appeared on many film soundtracks and even acted in The Man with the Golden Arm. He ran the popular club Shelly's Manne-Hole during 1960-1974, kept his music open to freer sounds (featuring trumpeter Gary Barone and tenor saxophonist John Gross during 1969-1972), played with the L.A. Four in the mid-'70s, and was very active up until his death. Throughout his career Shelly Manne recorded as a leader for Savoy, Interlude, Contemporary, Jazz Groove, Impulse, Verve, Capitol, Atlantic, Concord, Mainstream, Flying Dutchman, Discovery, Galaxy, Pausa, Trend, and Jazziz, in addition to a few Japanese labels. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Peter Gunn

1. Peter Gunn

2. The Floater

3. Sorta Blue

4. The Brothers Go To Mother's

5. Soft Sounds

6. Fallout

7. Slow And Easy

8. Brief And Breezy

9. Dreamsville

10. A Profound Gass

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Track List: The Proper Time

1. Drum Solo. Blues Theme From "The Proper Time"

2. Blue Strutter. Piano Jazz Wheels

3. The Proper Time

4. Happy Pool

5. The Proper Time (Part 2)

6. Doreen's Blues

7. Exotic Moods

8. Warm Water

9. Doreen's Blues (Part 2)

10. The Proper Time (Part 3)

11. Drum Solo

12. Panic

13. Fraternizing

14. Doreen's Blues (Part 3)

15. Fast Blues

16. Piano Trio

17. Doreen's Blues (Part 4)

18. The Proper Time (Part 4)

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Track List: Greatest Jazz Sessions

1. Parthenia

2. The Princess Of Evil

3. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me

4. You're My Thrill

5. I Don't Mean A Thing

6. Bernie's Tune

7. The Count On Rush Street

8. The Gambit (Suite In Four Parts) - Part I - Queen's Pawn

9. The Gambit (Suite In Four Parts) - Part II - En Passant

10. The Gambit (Suite In Four Parts) - Part III - Casting

11. The Gambit (Suite In Four Parts) - Part IV - Checkmate

12. Moose The Mooche

13. Sweets

14. Dimension In Thirds

15. Tommyhawk

16. Blu Gnu

17. Shapes, Motion, Colors

18. Doxy

19. The Wind

20. Sophisticated Rabbit

21. Alternation

22. All Of Me

23. Quartet (Suite In Four Parts) - Part I

24. Quartet (Suite In Four Parts) - Part II

25. Quartet (Suite In Four Parts) - Part III

26. Quartet (Suite In Four Parts) - Part IV

27. Grasshopper

28. Lullaby

29. My Old Flame

30. Pint Of Blues

31. Back In Your Own Backyard

32. Spring Is Here

33. Summer Night

34. You And The Night And The Music

35. The Dart Game

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Track List: The Navy Swings!

1. It Could Happen To You

2. Teef

3. Steve

4. The King Swings

5. Green Dolphin Street

6. The Champ

7. A Gem From Tiffany

8. Love For Sale

9. Wouldn't You

10. The Breeze And I

11. Speak Low

12. Fan Tan

13. Morris Minor

14. Frank's Tune

15. Summertime

16. Alone Together

17. March Of The Siamese Children

18. The Man I Love

19. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise

20. Yesterdays

21. Easy High-Flying Phyllis

22. Here's That Rainy Day

23. The Navy Swings

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Track List: Alive In London

1. Three On A Match (Live)

2. Once Again (Live)

3. Big Oak Basin (Live)

4. Illusion (Live)

5. Don't Know (Live)

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Track List: Jazz Gunn

1. A Bluish Bag

2. Silver Tears

3. Sweet

4. Theme For Sam

5. A Quiet Happening

6. Night Owl

7. Peter Gunn

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Track List: Boss Sounds: Shelly Manne & His Men At Shelly's Manne-Hole [Live]

1. Margie (Live At Shelly's Manne-Hole)

2. Idle One (Live At Shelly's Manne-Hole)

3. The Breeze And I (Live At Shelly's Manne-Hole)

4. Frank's Tune (Live At Shelly's Manne-Hole)

5. Wandering (Live At Shelly's Manne-Hole)

6. You Name It (Live At Shelly's Manne-Hole)

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Track List: My Fair Lady

2. Wouldn't It Be Loverly

3. With A Little Bit Of Luck

6. I Could Have Danced All Night

7. Ascot Gavotte

8. On The Street Where You Live

10. Show Me

11. Get Me To The Church On Time

12. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

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Track List: 2 3 4

1. Take The "A" Train

2. Slowly

3. Cherokee

4. Avalon

5. Me And Some Drums

6. Sicks Of Us

7. Lean On Me

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Track List: Li'l Abner

1. Jubilation T. Cornpone

2. The Country's In The Very Best Of Hands

3. If I Had My Druthers

4. Unnecessary Town

5. Matrimonial Stomp

6. Progress Is The Root Of All Evil

7. Oh, Happy Day

8. Namely You

9. Past My Prime

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Track List: Shelly Manne And His Men

1. Moose The Mooche

2. The Wind

3. Pint Of Blues

4. Tommyhawk

5. Quartet ( A Suite In Four Parts)

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For those of you fortunate enough to have experienced the Manne-Hole back in the 60s & 70s, my hats off to you. I only went there one time in Jan. '71 when the Keith Jarrett Trio was featuring Paul Motian on drums and Charlie Haden on acoustic bass. Jarrett even played soprano sax that night, but what made it special was Shelly's playing with his group before and after the trio had played their set. To be twenty-one for one more night and hear them all !!!
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Well I did hang out at the Manne Hole a couple of times back in the early sixties. I remember climbing down those cellar stairs through some beaded curtains and into a lot of blue smoke to hear Shelley, Conte, Russ, and Leroy holding forth with some very straight ahead jazz.
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fiskmonkey
It would have been A GAS to have heard SM perform at his own club, the MANNE HOLE in LA. I was born too late....beyo n d my control.
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I was just listening to 2, 3, 4. What amazes me is how perfectly he played against the bass and piano. Somehow, he managed to create just the right amount of imitation, counterpoint and fort (as in holding it down). He responds to everything the other guys do without ever missing a necessary downbeat or losing the over-the-bar l i n e flow.
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Very true (comment below). One of the all-time great Jazz drummers for sure. Leedy kit! Did not know that!
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A lot of Drummers like myself can be influenced by Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, You name it..but to me Shelly Manne is the Drummer that sets the bar for me to try and aspire to be like. Always just a little ahead of the beat, the sound he gets out of his Standard Leedy kit that you hear on most of the sessions from the early 1950's to the mid to late 1960's is what you hear. Listen to those short but sweet solos he perfected!!
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noemailatall
You had me. But what an a**hole set up.
I want smooth jazz - period.
Jerks

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