Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All-Stars Vol.8 — Music For Lighthousekeeping

This one comes out swinging with a pun in the title….I just did it too….comes out swinging….ugh….

Anyway, I’ve been listening to a lot more west coast jazz than ever lately.  I knew some albums and some players already, but it’s been fun to dig in deeper.  The releases on Contemporary sound great and I always pick them up when I see them.  I will probably edit them down to the titles I enjoys the most at some point, but for now I’m soaking it all up.

Here’s a good one led by bassist Howard Rumsey.  It features an excellent combo–Bob Cooper (ts), Frank Rosolino (tb), Conte Candoli (tp), Stan Levey (dr), and Sonny Clark on piano, who wrote the tune below. (Details: Contemporary C 3528 mono/yellow deepgroove “lighthouse” label/D1-D1 matrix)

Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All-Stars — I Deal

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7 Responses to Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All-Stars Vol.8 — Music For Lighthousekeeping

  1. Contemporary always made good sounding records, always worth looking out for. Sonny Clark is a bonus. This is DG so must be the real thing, but I always take care – the Contemporary Catalogue has widely reissued in the 1990’s – lot of copies floating around that have very convincing-looking covers, but are cheap digital to vinyl transfers inside.

    • vinyltim says:

      It seems that there were many pressings of these–60’s and 70’s–pre OJC reissues. In the 70’s the logo was different and the address on the back cover is different, so that easy to spot, but prior to that it’s hard for me to tell whether it a 50’s (original) or 60’s issue. Maybe the matrix stamp helps? I’d like to learn more about how to date Contemporary pressings if anyone out there has more info.

  2. dottorjazz says:

    First Contemporary albums, but I don’t know until what number and if every number, had the so called tri-color back cover.
    For example: my C 3532 (Pepper meets the rhythm section) has name and title in red and a rectangular red line around track list and technical data. Later issues have all in black.
    C 3530 (Rollins way out west) has name in red, title in black and red line.
    C 3551 (Coleman something else!) has title in black and a blue line.
    I’ll like to have more info too.

    • I have a fair number of Contemporary releases. I’ll check out any lessons to learn and post back when I have looked at them.

    • vinyltim says:

      Good to know–thanks!

      • Careful check and I don’t have as many Contemporary Records as I thought I had ! I traded in the Scorpio reissues I had to get rid of them. What I have I have uploaded label photos to a set on Flickr
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/19121992@N00/sets/72157627747400776/
        All runout matrix codes are machine-stamped. The variation in Catalogue numbers suggest there is another story – Cxxxx – VGMTxxxx – LACxxxx – LKSxxxx , but I don’t have enough samples to have a theory.
        West Coast is still a bit of a mystery to me. More work required.

        • vinyltim says:

          Hmmm…just a quick look at a few of mine: All are black writing on back and have the “original” yellow deepgroove label:
          Rumsey C3528 LKL D1/D1
          Shelley Manne Gambit C3557 LKL D1/D2
          Art Pepper Gettin Together M3573 LKL D3/D3

          I know that I have several that do have the “red box” on the back. So far I found:
          Shelly Manne My Fair Lady (box in red) C3527 LKL D16/D17
          Shelly Manne Pal Joey (title and box in red) C3543 LKL D2/D2

          What’s listed for each of these is not the whole matrix, just the beginning and end for reference.

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