Shelly Manne — The Gambit

Another nice sounding Contemporary LP recorded by Roy DuNann.  This time it’s a 1957 session from Shelly Manne & His Men.  The entire first side is filled with a four part suite composed by alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano.  It’s excellent for sure, but for the needledrop I opted for the Mariano-penned blues “Blu Gnu”, which opens side B.  It has some nice stop time breaks and features all members of the group: Manne, Mariano, Stu Williamson (tp), Russ Freeman (p), and Monty Budwig (bs).

This is very possibly a first pressing, but I can’t be 100% sure.  I still don’t have Contemporary pressings of this era completely figured out, as we’ve discussed here before.  It has the familiar yellow deepgroove label, a D1-D2 matrix, and black printing on the back cover.

(Details: Contemporary C3557 mono/yellow deepgroove/D1-D2 matrix)

Shelly Manne — Blu Gnu

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