Lennie Niehaus, Vol. 1: The Quintets

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Contemporary
PERFORMER: Lennie Niehaus (as), Stu Williamson (t, vtb), Jack Montrose (ts), Bob Gordon (bs), Hampton Hawes (p), Monty Budwig, Red Mitchell (b), Shelly Manne (d)
CATALOGUE NO: OJCCD 1933-2

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Niehaus here produces one of the finest ‘West Coast’ albums of the genre; crisp, clear part-writing with a wealth of contrapuntal, contrary motion and sequential development in a series of cameos using two quintets, though it is the pianoless saxophone quintet that shines. SN