Shelly Manne

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This reissue LP of a session originally for the long defunct Interlude label contains one of drummer Shelly Manne's more obscure dates. Manne teams up with the congas of Carlos Vidal and the bongos of Mike Pacheco in an oversized rhythm section of fairly unknown players; guitarist Tony Rizzi comes the closest to being a household name and pianist Robert Gil, who contributed four of the originals, never became famous. The accent is on Latin polyrhythms and the performances are generally quite likable and accessible if not all that essential.