A really unique little chapter in the career of Shorty Rogers
– and a near-lost record that's one of his best from the 60s! As you might guess from the title, the set was recorded as a sort of "stereo dynamics" album – post-bachelor pad, but in a mode that was very concerned with the overall sound qualities as much as the actual music. But the setting turned out to be a really great thing for Shorty
, as it encouraged him to open up with his arrangements, and push the group into territory that you wouldn't hear on his 50s albums! Given the theme, the recording quality is excellent – and Shorty
takes keen advantage of this fact by letting the reed players carve out shapes of sound in the air – while percussion players do loads of groovy things on the bottom. Players include Paul Horn, Bill Hood, and Bud Shank on reeds, Emil Richards on vibes, Shelly Manne on piano, and Pete Jolly on piano – and titles include the original "Kook-a-ra-cha Waltz", plus uniquely arranged versions of "Speak Low", "Lover", "Marie", "Taboo", and "Baubles Bangles & Beads".
(Cover has a promo sticker & some wear.)