Complete Fifties Recordings
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This wonderful 80-track edition compiles all existing recordings by Lennie Niehaus as a leader from his early years, originally issued on six Contemporary and one EmArcy LPs. This material is presented here for the first time ever on a single set and in chronological order.
After 1957, Niehaus wouldn’t record a jazz album under his own name until 1989! Born in 1929 and 86 years old at this writing, in the early years of his career Lennie Niehaus complemented his talents as an alto saxophonist with those as an arranger and composer, becoming a well-known figure on the West Coast jazz scene. After playing with the Stan Kenton big band, and various other jazz bands on the West Coast, Niehaus devoted himself to arranging and composing for motion pictures, including several produced by Clint Eastwood.
As a bonus, three small group tracks that constitute Niehaus’ only collaborations with Howard Rumsey, as well as a complete album by conductor and arranger Duane Tatro, again in a small group format, that features Niehaus on alto on most of the tracks.
Recorded in Los Angeles, 1954-1957.