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Shelly Manne & His Men Play Peter Gunn (180g)

Artist: Shelly Manne
Shelly Manne and his Men Play Peter Gunn 180g Vinyl LP
Label: Wax Time
Regular Price: $21.95
On Sale For: $14.27 
Year: 2011
Format: Vinyl - Audiophile


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180-gram pure virgin audiophile vinyl.  Newly remastered limited one pressing edition.

Peter Gunn was an American TV series that aired on NBC from 1958 to 1961. The show's creator (and part-time writer and director) was Blake Edwards, who later gained fame for the celebrated Pink Panther movies, among many others. In addition to Peter Gunn, Edwards would collaborate on a number of his films with composer and band director Henry Mancini (1924-1994). A total of 114 thirty-minute episodes of Peter Gunn were produced. The title character (played by Craig Stevens) was a private investigator in the classic film noir tradition, which was a popular genre on American TV in the late 1950s. However, Gunn was different from the standard detectives like Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. He was a sophisticated “hipster”, a dapper dresser who loved cool jazz; where other gumshoes were often coarse, Peter Gunn was portrayed as the epitome of "cool". He operated in a nameless waterfront city, and was a regular patron of Mother's, a wharfside jazz club (hence the title of some tunes); his girlfriend, Edie Hart (played by Lola Albright), was a sultry singer employed there. Famous jazz musicians occasionally made guest appearances, such as trumpeter Shorty Rogers in an early episode, or Shelly Manne himself, who recorded the first jazz album featuring the show’s music and appeared on screen playing “My Manne Shelly”. Peter Gunn was one of the first television shows to have its own original score and it was the first to feature a modern jazz soundtrack. So successful was the music that Manne made a sequel LP shortly after the appearance of the album reissued here. Two tracks from the sequel (including “My Manne Shelly”) have been added here as a bonus.
Conte Candoli (trumpet); Herb Geller (alto sax); Victor Feldman (vibes, marimba); Russ Freeman (piano); Monty Budwig (bass); Shelly Manne (drums)
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