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Tom Traubert's Blues
  • Tom Traubert's Blues
  • Tom Waits
  • Small Change
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Tom Traubert’s Blues by Tom Waits from Small Change (Elektra/Asylum, 1976)

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(Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen)

Tom Waits: vocals and piano

Shelly Manne: drums

Jim Hughart: bass

Lew Tabackin: tenor sax

Recorded complete on July, 1976

Tom Waits - Tom Traubert’s Blues

Wasted and wounded, it ain’t what the moon did, I’ve got what I paid for now
See you tomorrow, hey Frank, can I borrow a couple of bucks from you
To go waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You’ll go waltzing Mathilda with me

I’m an innocent victim of a blinded alley
And I’m tired of all these soldiers here
No one speaks English, and everything’s broken, and my Stacys are soaking wet
To go waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You’ll go waltzing Mathilda with me

Now the dogs are barking and the taxi cab’s parking
A lot they can do for me
I begged you to stab me, you tore my shirt open,
And I’m down on my knees tonight
Old Bushmill’s I staggered, you’d bury the dagger
In your silhouette window light go
To go waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You’ll go waltzing Mathilda with me

Now I lost my Saint Christopher now that I’ve kissed her
And the one-armed bandit knows
And the maverick Chinamen, and the cold-blooded signs,
And the girls down by the strip-tease shows, go
Waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You’ll go waltzing Mathilda with me

No, I don’t want your sympathy, the fugitives say
That the streets aren’t for dreaming now
And manslaughter dragnets and the ghosts that sell memories,
They want a piece of the action anyhow
Go waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You’ll go waltzing Mathilda with me

And you can ask any sailor, and the keys from the jailor,
And the old men in wheelchairs know
And Mathilda’s the defendant, she killed about a hundred,
And she follows wherever you may go
Waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You’ll go waltzing Mathilda with me

And it’s a battered old suitcase to a hotel someplace,
And a wound that will never heal
No prima donna, the perfume is on an
Old shirt that is stained with blood and whiskey
And goodnight to the street sweepers, the night watchmen flame keepers
And goodnight to Mathilda, too

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Saturday morning kitchen romance.

Shelly Manne - Just Squeeze Me

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Shelly’s Manne Hole 1608 North Cahuenga, Hollywood 

Drummer Shelly Manne was Contemporary Records’ go-to drummer. He had a long running series with the label entitled “Shelly Manne & His Men,” featuring a rotating cast of local talent. From 1960 to 1972, he ran a Hollywood jazz venue called Shelly’s Manne Hole. Pianist Bill Evans recorded an immortal live session there in 1963 while Jazz Bakery impresario and vocalist Ruth Price recorded a live album with Manne and his men, while she was still in her early twenties. 

The small manhole plaque is embedded off-center on the once-again happening sidewalk of Cahuenga Boulevard, commemorating the spot where so many great heroes once stubbed their cigarettes.

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Sonny Criss - Blue Sunset (I’ll Catch The Sun,1969)  

Sonny Criss (as)
Hampton Hawes (p)
Monty Budwig (b)
Shelly Manne (ds)

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André Previn, Herb Ellis, Shelly Manne, Ray Brown - No Moon At All (Mann)

4 To Go! (Columbia, 1963)

Personnel: André Prévin - piano; Herb Ellis - guitar; Ray Brown - bass; Shelly Manne - drums.

Shelly Manne: From East to Way Out West

Many people think that Shelly Manne is synonymous with West Coast Jazz. In fact, Manne was a New Yorker who first cut his teeth with Coleman Hawkins and Dizzy Gillespie among others. Marc Myers traces his move to Los Angeles in the early fifties and the subsequent rise of Shelly Manne as a band leader and ubiquitous drummer on the West Coast scene.

-Michael Cuscuna


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André Prévin - Cool (Leonard Bernstein)

West Side Story (Contemporary, 1959)

Personnel: André Prévin - piano; Shelly Manne - bass; Red Mitchell - drums

Cherokee
  • Cherokee
  • Shelly Manne
  • 2-3-4
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Shelly Manne 

Cherokee 

2-3-4

Impulse!, 1962

This unusual  reissue has five selections from a date featuring the great tenor Coleman Hawkins, pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Shelly Manne. Both “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Cherokee” find the group at times playing two tempos at once (Manne sticks to doubletime throughout “Cherokee”) and showing that they had heard some of the avant-garde players.

 

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