Interview: Lennie Niehaus (Part 4) - JazzWax

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November 12, 2009


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Ed Newman

A number of the small group mrecordings are available as downloads at

Ed Leimbacher

Well done, Marc; solid, fascinating explication of the Niehaus arranging techniques. But something else occurs to me today...

Contemporary (and Pacific Jazz too) not only filled the record grooves with joyous sounds, but issued their LPs in jackets a step above the usual. William Claxton and a couple of others (Les Koenig himself once in a while) shot beautifully in color as well as b&w. Even the sexy girl covers like Zounds showed more elegance and taste than their cheap, rushed rivals could muster.

But not always. Koenig liked a bit of comedy too, as in that Daffy Duck-billed sax blowing it out his, er, horn...

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