The Lennie Niehaus Octet

Zounds

Zounds!

  • Release Date: 12 Sep 1997
  • OJCCD-1892-2

Long before his fame in the 1980s and '90s as the composer of scores for Clint Eastwood's films, Lennie Niehaus built a considerable reputation on his own. He was a featured alto saxophone soloist in two stints with Stan Kenton's big band and much admired in jazz circles for his arranging for medium-sized groups. Niehaus's series of recordings for the Contemporary label in the 1950s attracted some of the most important artists in the West Coast movement. Bill Perkins, Jack Montrose, Frank Ros… MORE

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