Li'l Abner (album)

Li'l Abner is an album by Shelly Manne and His Friends, recorded in 1957 for Contemporary Records.

Li'l Abner
Studio album by
Released1957
RecordedFebruary 6–7, 25, 1957
StudioContemporary Records Studio, Los Angeles, California
GenreJazz
Length40:33
LabelContemporary
C 3533
ProducerLester Koenig
Shelly Manne chronology
My Fair Lady
(1956)
Li'l Abner
(1957)
Concerto for Clarinet & Combo
(1955-57)
André Previn chronology
My Fair Lady
(1956)
Li'l Abner
(1957)
Double Play!
(1957)

Recording and music

The album was recorded at Contemporary's studio, Los Angeles, on February 6, 7, and 25, 1957.[1] The musicians are drummer Shelly Manne, pianist André Previn, and bassist Leroy Vinnegar.[2] The compositions come from the musical Li'l Abner.[2]

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[4]

Li'l Abner was released by Contemporary Records.[1] The AllMusic reviewer wrote: "The musicians are in fine form but the melodies are not too memorable".[3] The All About Jazz reviewer also criticized the material.[2] It was reissued by Original Jazz Classics.[4]

Track listing

All selections composed by Gene de Paul.

  1. "Jubilation T. Cornpone" - 3:13
  2. "The Country's in the Very Best of Hands" - 4:39
  3. "If I Had My Druthers" - 2:46
  4. "Unnecessary Town" - 5:04
  5. "Matrimonial Stomp" - 4:35
  6. "Progress Is the Root of All Evil" - 3:34
  7. "Oh, Happy Day" - 4:28
  8. "Namely You" - 5:49
  9. "Past My Prime" - 7:25

Personnel

References

  1. "Contemporary Records Discography: 1957–1958". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  2. Rickert, David (March 15, 2003). "Shelley Manne and his Friends: Modern Jazz Performances of Songs From Li'l Abner". All About Jazz.
  3. Yanow, Scott. "Shelly Manne: Li'l Abner". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  4. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 936. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
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