An overlooked score from Henry Mancini – one that shows a slightly wider range of sound than his bigger hits of the time
! The record's a great blend of gentle jazz, warm rhythms, and a few standout tracks that get a bit more playful – all put together with the sense of class, space, and timing that you'd expect from other Mancini work of the late 50s – and played by a group that has some similarly jazzy touches! There's a freshness here that's really great – not just because most tunes are unfamiliar, but also because Hank changes things up nicely throughout the set – really making for a nice balance in the music. The album includes the Cahn/
Van Heusen number "The Second Time
Around", sung here by a chorus – but the best bits are the Mancini originals, instrumentals that include "The Old College Try Cha Cha", "Tiger", "The Dean Speaks", "So Neat", "Moon Talk", "A Mild Blast", and "The Nutty Professor".
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has clear tape on the spine, a 4 inch split on the top seam, and some marker and pen on back.)