Friday, March 10, 2006

West Coast cool

New additions to the PJ library:

Hampton Hawes
"Four! Hampton Hawes!!!!" (1958)



A who's who of West Coast musicians come together for a set that encapsulates the era and scene in which they played. Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell and the great Shelly Manne back up Hawes on this formidable album, which Allmusic.com loves.

Various Artists
"Fantasy Original Jazz Classics Sampler"



Fantasy has put out some terrific samplers over the years, many of which I've found for a few bucks apiece at the local used CD shop. Fantasy is based in Berkeley, Calif., and included plenty of local talent on this disc: Bay Area natives Vince Guaraldi, Dave Brubeck and Cal Tjader are all represented here.

Art Pepper + Eleven
"Modern Jazz Classics" (1959)



Pepper and an 11-piece band plow through Marty Paich arrangements of bop standards. Highlights include Gerry Mulligan's "Walkin' Shoes," the Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker tune "Anthropology" and the ubiquitous "'Round Midnight."