As the title clearly indicates, this 1962 album consists of duets, trios and quartets. With Coleman Hawkins playing saxophone, Hank Jones on piano, George Duvivier on bass, Eddie Costa on vibes and Shelly Manne on drums. The participants on this set are not usually thought of as members from the same school. Three different groups are presented, and each track has much to recommend it.
Shelly Manne always stated that Dave Tough was one of his major influences. He went to hear him play all the time and eventually subbed for him on regular basis. Dave Tough had a marvelous brush technique, could push the band to its limit, and was a heavily addicted drinker.
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These tracks are now online on Soundcloud! They were recorded at the Kees van Baren Hall, inspired by the recordings from Sonny Rollins.
In 1959 Shelly Manne recorded a series of live concerts in the Black Hawk Club in San Francisco. To my opinion they remain some of the greatest hardbop recordings that were made at the West Coast during that era. And they have been an inspiration for my own concerts since the day I heard them. I believe these recordings do not always get the attention they deserve and are often overlooked, just like the drummer who recorded them. But they have great historic value and I will try to explain why.
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One of the last true masters is not amongst us anymore.