Shelly Manne — My Son the Jazz Drummer


Here’s another wonderful sounding Contemporary LP that was one of my favorite additions to the collection in 2012.  This is an original stereo pressing with the black deepgroove label.  Both the cover and vinyl are in excellent condition.

Cut in December 1962, Shelly Manne lead this sextet through a set of Jewish and Israeli melodies arranged for small jazz group.  The results are really engaging with lead lines that zig-zag through shifts in the tempo and feel.  Along with Manne’s drums, Teddy Edwards (ts), Shorty Rogers (tpt/flg), Victor Feldman (p/vib), Al Viola (gtr), and Monty Budwig (bs) combine to make an inventive and impeccably performed record.

(Details: Contemporary S7609 stereo/black deepgroove/D2-D2 matrix)

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6 Responses to Shelly Manne — My Son the Jazz Drummer

  1. Phil says:

    Do we know exactly when that little “CR” logo started appearing on the labels? It always freaks me out and I assume I’m looking at a reissue (although this one has deep groove, so that helps you know it’s early).

  2. Joe L says:

    Teddy Edwards + Shelly Manne = me excited. Have never seen this one, thanks for the heads-up.

  3. Phil says:

    Have you heard the Shelly Manne record on Contemporary where he, Andre Previn, and Leroy Vinnegar play music from My Fair Lady? I encountered it yesterday at a shop for less than $10 and after hearing a little bit on the store’s stereo, I couldn’t determine if it was cheese or not and couldn’t pull the trigger. Pressing sounded fresh and clean enough that I almost grabbed it…it would have been my first Contemporary.

    • vinyltim says:

      I have, but not checked it out in a while. I remember thinking that it was ok, but not essential. I always enjoy Shelly and Leroy, but wasn’t especially excited about Andre Previn. If you saw a clean copy for cheap it couldn’t hurt to give it a try.

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