Shelly Manne

Shelly Manne and His Friends

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Although this LP has drummer Shelly Manne as the leader, in reality the 23-year old was just a sideman on these three four-song sessions; one of the main connecting threads. Manne is heard with clarinetist Barney Bigard and pianist Eddie Heywood in a trio (including fine versions of "Tea for Two," and Bigard's originals "Step Steps Up" and "Step Steps Down"), in another trio with the great altoist Johnny Hodges and Heywood (including a memorable version of "On the Sunny Side of the Street") and on four rare titles with an Eddie Heywood group that includes Ray Nance on trumpet and violin, clarinetist Aaron Sachs, Don Byas on tenor and bassist John Simmons. These small-group swing performances are quite enjoyable but unfortunately out-of-print.

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