An RCA classic from Shorty
– one that features an expanded version of his Giants group, running through some of the best compositions of Richard Rogers
! The gimmick of the twin Rogers
in the title notwithstanding, the album's a pretty tight little set – as Shorty
's leading an all-star group that includes Pete & Conte Candoli, Frank Rosolino, Jack Montrose, Bill Holman, Pete Jolly, and Pepper Adams – all of whom are great company in this session of tight arrangements. Shorty
still gives the best players enough solo space to keep things interesting – and the real charm of the record is the way that familiar tunes are transformed by the swinging arrangements and surprisingly nice solo moments. Titles include "I've Got Five Dollars", "A Ship Without A Sail", "Mimi", "Ten Cents A Dance", "The Girl Friend", "On A Desert Island With Thee", and "I Could Write A Book".
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove.)