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Bob Cooper: Group Activity (1954-55) 2006

Group Activity

Track list:

Bob Cooper:
01. The Way You Look Tonight
02. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
03. Solo Plight
04. Lisbon Lady
05. Group Activity
06. She Didn’t Say ‘Yes’
07. When The Sun Comes Out
08. Excursion

Shifting Winds:
09. Hot Boy
10. It Don’t Mean a Thing
11. Strike Up The Band
12. Sunset
13. Hallelujah
14. Deep In A Dream
15. It’s De-lovely
16. Drawing Lines
17. All or Nothing at All
18. ‘Round Midnight
19. Tongue Twister

Personnel:

#01-04: Capitol Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood; May 14, 1954
Bob Cooper (ts), Bud Shank (bars), Howard Roberts (g), Joe Mondragon (b), Shelly Manne (d)

#05-08: Capitol Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood; July 30, 1954
Bob Cooper (ts), Bud Shank (bars), Claude Williamson (p), Howard Roberts (g), Curtis Counce (b), Stan Levey (d)

#09-12: Capitol Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood; April 26, 1955
Stu Williamson (tp, vtb), Bob Enevoldsen (vtb, ts, bcl), Bob Cooper (Eng-hn, ts, ob), Bud Shank (as, ts), Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts, bars), Claude Williamson (p), Max Bennett (b), Stan Levey (d)

#13-16: Capitol Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood; June 13, 1955
John Graas (Fr-hn), Bob Enevoldsen (vtb, ts, bcl), Bob Cooper (Eng-hn, ts, ob), Bud Shank (as, ts), Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts, bars), Claude Williamson (p), Joe Mondragon (b), Shelly Manne (d)

#17-19: Capitol Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood; June 14, 1955
John Graas (Fr-hn), Bob Enevoldsen (vtb, ts, bcl), Bob Cooper (Eng-hn, ts, ob), Bud Shank (as, ts), Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts, bars), Claude Williamson (p), Ralph Pena (b), Shelly Manne (d)

Bob Cooper [1954, Capitol]

Released as, or included as part of:
Bob Cooper [Capitol EBF-6501, H-6501, L-6501. Affinty (UK) AFF 65]
Shifting Winds [Capitol EAP-1-6513, EAP-2-6513, EAP-3-6513, T-6513, Affinity (UK) AFF59]

This compilation:
Released: 2006
Label: Fresh Sound Records – FSR 2239
Series: Jazzcity presents
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Shifting Winds [1955, Capitol]

*****
notes:

When Bob Cooper (1925-1993) made his record debut as a leader in 1954, he was already well known for his solo work on tenor sax with Stan Kenton.

He was articulate and original in both writing and playing.

Cooper and his associates take us here through a wide range of musical adventures, from a slow subtle ballad, to clever contrapuntal invention, to swinging dynamic improvisation.

All the arrangements and four of the compositions are by Cooper’s own pen.

These recordings feature some of his most swinging, best-sounding tenor on record.

Here are winds blowing out of the west, carrying the sound of Jazz, zesty as a salt breeze off the California beach, kaleidoscopic, like spindrift.

*****

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