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)