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Lennie Niehaus

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Born: June 11, 1929; St. Louis, MO  
An excellent altoist and jazz arranger in the 1950s (most notably for Stan Kenton), Lennie Niehaus in more recent times won fame for his work scoring the music for Clint Eastwood films. After graduating from college, Niehaus played alto and occasionally wrote for Kenton (1951-1952) before being drafted for the Army (1952-1954). Upon his discharge, Kenton welcomed Niehaus back and he worked for the bandleader on and off for the rest of the decade. Read more Niehaus, who led and played alto on six albums between 1954-1957 (five for Contemporary), had a cool tone a bit reminiscent of Lee Konitz. By the 1960s, his playing had gone by the wayside as Niehaus concentrated on writing for films. Although he largely left jazz at that time, his work on Play Misty for Me, and particularly Bird for Clint Eastwood, allowed one to once again admire his jazz writing. Read less
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    Live Through The Years / Elision Saxophone Quartet, Et Al
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 56 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chick Corea,  Bill Evans,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Dave Brubeck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elision Saxophone Quartet
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    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 4019 Release Date: 01/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Robert Sheldon,  Samuel Louis Nestico,  Brian Balmages  ... 
    Conductor:  David Gregory
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tara Winds
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    Palace Of The Winds - Piano At The Movies / Michael Chertock
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80477 Release Date: 07/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Cootie Williams,  Clint Eastwood,  Michel Legrand  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Chertock
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