Shelly Manne: 2-3-4 (1962)


Track list:

01. Take The ‘A’ Train
02. The Sicks Of Us
03. Slowly
04. Lean On Me
05. Cherokee
06. Me And Some Drums
+ bonus tracks [*not on original LP]
07. Lean On Me (alt tk) [*]
08. Avalon [*]


Shelly Manne – drums
Coleman Hawkins – tenor sax, piano (#6)
Hank Jones – piano (#1,3,5,8)
Eddie Costa – piano (#4,7), vibes (#2)
George Duvivier – bass (#1–5,7,8)

Production Notes:

#1,3,5,6.8: at Fine Recording Ballroom Studio A in New York City; February 5, 1962
#2,4,7: at Fine Recording Ballroom Studio A in New York City; February 8, 1962
Released:: 1962
Label: Impulse!

Producer: Bob Thiele
Engineer: George Piros

#7,8 do not appear on the same CD re-issues.

1994 [GRD 149] has a different track order

01. Take The ‘A’ Train
02. Slowly
03. Cherokee
04. Avalon
05. Me And Some Drums
06. The Sicks Of Us
07. Lean On Me


2-3-4 was not a typical album for Manne.

Then associated primarily with West Coast jazz, on February 5, 1962, he flew from Los Angeles to New York City by arrangement with producer Bob Thiele, to be re-united with pioneering tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and pianist Hank Jones, with both of whom he had recorded at different times in the 1940s.

In an unusual session lasting through the wee hours of the morning, he ended by recording one tune as a duet with Hawkins, who for the first time in his career was recorded also playing the piano.

The album also includes a second recording session at the same studio a few days later.

Bassist George Duvivier stayed on with Manne, and they were joined by rising star Eddie Costa for two trio tracks.

“The Sicks of Us” has Costa on vibes for “a largely spontaneous trio number”; on “Lean on Me”, Costa switches to piano.

The name of the album is derived from its inclusion of a duet (“2”), two trio performances (“3”), and three tunes played by a quartet (“4”).

Unusually, the standards “Take the “A” Train” and “Cherokee” were played in two tempos simultaneously, with Manne playing in double time consistently throughout “Cherokee”.

A fourth tune recorded by the quartet at the first session, “Avalon”, was released at first only in the Impulse! collection The Definitive Jazz Scene, Volume 1.

Some thirty years later, it was included on the first CD reissue of 2-3-4 as a bonus track.
~[wikipedia,May 2013]