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Gus Mancuso • Introducing Gus Mancuso


by Alex Henderson  
In 1956, Gus Mancuso had a major ally in Cal Tjader. It was Tjader who brought Mancuso to the attention of Fantasy Records and, thanks to Tjader, he ended up recording two LPs for the label -- Introducing Gus Mancuso in 1956 and Music From New Faces in 1958. Introducing Gus Mancuso, his first album as a leader, is an incredibly promising debut. The music is swinging, inspired bop, which was hardly unusual for 1956; the thing that makes this LP so unique is the fact that Mancuso's instrument is the baritone horn. Not to be confused with the baritone sax, the baritone horn has played an important role in marching bands but has seldom been used as a jazz instrument. But Mancuso doesn't let that stop him; he makes the baritone horn sound perfectly natural as a jazz instrument whether he is swinging enthusiastically on "Goody Goody" or being lyrical and romantic on "Ev'ry Time" and the Jimmy Dorsey ballad "I'm Glad There Is You." Introducing Gus Mancuso was recorded at two different 1956 sessions -- one in L.A., the other in the Bay Area. The L.A. session finds Mancuso leading a quartet that employs Gerald Wiggins on piano, Gene Wright on bass, and Bill Douglass on drums -- whereas in the Bay Area his sidemen include Tjader (who is heard on drums instead of vibes), pianist Vince Guaraldi, tenor saxman Richie Kamuca, guitarist Eddie Duran, and bassist Gene Wright. Introducing Gus Mancuso is a fine debut all-around.


por Alex Henderson  
En 1956, Gus Mancuso tuvo un gran aliado en Cal Tjader. Fue Tjader quien llamó la atención de Fantasy Records sobre Mancuso y, gracias a Tjader, acabó grabando dos LPs para el sello: Introducing Gus Mancuso en 1956 y Music From New Faces en 1958. Introducing Gus Mancuso, su primer álbum como líder, es un debut increíblemente prometedor. La música es un bop inspirado y con mucho swing, lo que no era inusual en 1956; lo que hace que este LP sea tan único es el hecho de que el instrumento de Mancuso es el cuerno barítono. No hay que confundirlo con el saxo barítono, el cuerno barítono ha desempeñado un papel importante en las bandas de música, pero rara vez se ha utilizado como instrumento de jazz. Pero Mancuso no deja que eso le detenga; hace que el cuerno barítono suene perfectamente natural como instrumento de jazz, ya sea balanceándose con entusiasmo en "Goody Goody" o siendo lírico y romántico en "Ev'ry Time" y en la balada de Jimmy Dorsey "I'm Glad There Is You". Introducing Gus Mancuso se grabó en dos sesiones diferentes de 1956, una en Los Ángeles y otra en la zona de la bahía. En la sesión de Los Ángeles, Mancuso lidera un cuarteto con Gerald Wiggins al piano, Gene Wright al bajo y Bill Douglass a la batería, mientras que en el Área de la Bahía, sus acompañantes son Tjader (que toca la batería en lugar del vibráfono), el pianista Vince Guaraldi, el saxo tenor Richie Kamuca, el guitarrista Eddie Duran y el bajista Gene Wright. Introducing Gus Mancuso es un buen debut en todos los sentidos.

1. I'm Glad There Is You
2. Brother Aintz
3. Ev'ry Time
4. The Ruble And The Yen
5. By The Way
6. And Baby Makes Three
7. Goody Goody
8. How Do You Like Your Eggs In The Morning
9. A Hatful Of Dandruff
10. Every Time We Say Goodbye

    Baritone Saxophone [Baritone Horn] – Gus Mancuso
    Bass – Gene Wright
    Drums – Bill Douglass (2) (tracks: A1, A4, B2), Cal Tjader (tracks: A2, A3, A5, B1, B3 to B5)
    Guitar – Eddie Duran (tracks: A3, A5, B3, B5)
    Liner Notes – Ralph J. Gleason
    Piano – Gerry Wiggins (tracks: A1, A4, B2), Vince Guaraldi (tracks: A2, B1, B4)
    Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax] – Richie Kamuca (tracks: A2, B1, B4)

A1, A4, B2 recorded in Hollywood in June 1956.
A2, A3, A5, B1, B3, B4, B5 recorded in San Francisco November 1956.

Label: Fantasy – 3233
Released: 1956
Genre: Jazz

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