Shelly Manne Two Three Four

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 and his Men at the Black Hawk

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.