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Friday, September 24, 2021

Collaboration - Rogers & Previn


40º Below

Rogers & Previn
Shorty Rogers and Andre Previn
RCA Victor LPM-1334

From the back cover: This is a really unusual album. It presents two of the country's top arrangers in collaboration – as the title suggests – but it also pits them against each other in competition. In a sense it's sort of an arranger's challenge, a la the challenge routines you've seen by dancers, when first one will hoof a few steps and then the other will step out and try to outdo him.

The routine here is pretty simple. Both Shorty Rogers and Andre Previn wrote for and led exactly the same group of musicians. On the first side, Shorty leads off three different standards songs, via his arrangements of them. Following each of these, Andre presents an original instrumental, based on the same chords, but with, of course, numerous variations. On the second side of the record, this procedure is reversed, with Andre arranging the standard and Shorty producing the original based on its chords.

Ether to show that there are no hard feelings – or else because each has so much respect for the other as an instrumentalist – Shorty plays trumpet on the Previn pieces, and Andre plays piano on the Rogers arrangements. The rest of the group includes Bud Shank on alto and flute; Bob Cooper on tenor and oboe; Jimmy Ginffre on baritone sax; Milt Bernhart on bass (except on Glaudio, 40º Below, Some Antics and General Custer, where Curtis Counce takes over), and Al Hendrickson on guitar (except on It's Delovely, Poterhouse, You Do Something To Me and Call for Cole, on which Jack Marshall appears instead).

It's Delovely
Heat Wave
40º Below
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
You Do Something To Me
Call For Cole
Ev'rything I've Got (Belongs To You)
Some Antics
It Only Happens When I Dance With You
General Custer

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