Shorty Rodgers Courts The CountPhotos by Dave Pell
Cover Art: Jim Flora
Personnel for the sides is as follows:
Topsy, Basie Eyes, It's Sand, Man and Doggin' Around
Trumpets: Shorty Rodgers - Conrad Gozzo - Maynard Ferguson - Harry Edison - Clyde Reasinger
Saxophones: Jimmy Guiffre - Zoot Sims - Herbie Geller - Bob Cooper - Bud Shank
Trombones: Milt Bernart - Harry Betts - Bob Enevoldsen
French Horn: John Grass
Tuba: Paul Sarmento
Bass: Cutis Counce
Piano: Marty Paich
Drums: Shelly Manne
Jump for Me, Over and Out, Down for Double and Swingin' the Blues
Pete Condoli replaces Clyde Reasinger; Bob Gordon replaces Zoot Sims.
H&J, Tickletoe, Taps Miller and Walk, Don't Run
Same as first session except Condoli for Reasinger.
From Billboard - June 19, 1954: Shorty Rodgers and a group of topflight modern jazzmen show off their appreciation for the music of Count Basie, and both Basie fans and the cool set will appreciate the ork's work. Surprising as it may sound the cool cats manage to capture the flavor of the Basie ork work, while at the same time keeping within the modern idiom. Selections include Basie favorites like "Swingin' the Blues," "Jump for Me" and "Taps Miller," the latter two penned by the Count. And three of the selections, "Over and Out," "Walk Don't Run" and "Basie Eyes," were penned by Rodgers himself. Rodgers, Maynard Ferguson, Harry Edison and Pete Condoli on trumpets, Jimmy Guiffre and Bill Holman on tenor, Milt Bernhart on trombone and Shelley Manne on drums are in the groove. A set that should interest many jazz fans.
Jump For Me
It's Sand, Man
Down For Double
Over And Out
Swingin' The Blue
Walk, Don't Run