Shorty Rogers – Cool and Crazy (Full Album)

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Cool and Crazy is an album by American jazz trumpeter, composer and arranger Shorty Rogers originally released on the RCA Victor label in 1953 as a 10-inch LP.

AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook:
Born in Massachusetts but renowned for his West Coast jazz innovations, trumpeter and arranger Shorty Rogers made his mark as a bandleader with this fine collection of big-band charts from the spring of 1953. He had already cut some solo discs under the moniker Shorty Rogers & His Giants, an eight-piece ensemble that paralleled the groundbreaking work of Miles Davis’ 1951 Birth of the Cool group. After another Giants session in January 1953, Rogers began his big-band work with the eight sides heard here. He penned and arranged all the material, which ranges from dense and driving cuts like “Boar-Jibu” and the Latin swinger “Chiquito Loco” to the tonally rich ballad “Contours.” Rogers shows a deft hand throughout, managing to make his complex and varied material sound seamless and eminently swinging. Helping out are such Giants alums as alto saxophonist Art Pepper, trombonist Milt Bernhart, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre, and drummer Shelly Manne. A classic from the ’50s big-band era, which is also available in its entirety on Bluebird’s Short Stops collection (

Track listing:
All compositions by Shorty Rogers.

“Coop de Graas” – 2:58
“Infinity Promenade” – 3:36
“Short Stop” – 3:18
“Boar-Jibu” – 3:37
“Contours” – 3:21
“Tale of an African Lobster” – 3:26
“Chiquito Loco” – 3:28
“The Sweetheart of Sigmund Freud” – 2:41

Recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood, CA on March 26, 1953 (tracks 1-4) and April 2, 1953 (tracks 5-8)

Shorty Rogers – trumpet, arranger
Pete Candoli, Maynard Ferguson, Conrad Gozzo, John Howell – trumpet
Milt Bernhardt, Harry Betts, John Halliburton – trombone
John Graas – French horn
Gene Englund – Tuba
Art Pepper – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
Bud Shank – alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
Bob Cooper, Jimmy Giuffre – tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
Marty Paich – piano
Curtis Counce – bass
Shelly Manne – drums

Released: 1953
Recorded: March 26 and April 2, 1953
Studio RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA
Length: 26:25
Label: RCA Victor
LPM 3138
Producer: Jack Lewis