At the Black Hawk 2

At the Black Hawk 2 is a live album by drummer Shelly Manne's group Shelly Manne & His Men, recorded at the Black Hawk in San Francisco, California, in 1959 and released on the Contemporary label.[1] The album was the second volume of four originally released in 1960. In 1991 the albums were re-released on CD with bonus tracks along with a fifth volume of unreleased recordings, and a Complete Live at the Black Hawk box set was released in 2010.

At the Black Hawk 2
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Live album by
Shelly Manne & His Men
RecordedSeptember 22-24, 1959
The Black Hawk in San Francisco, California
LabelContemporary M3578/S7578
ProducerLester Koenig
Shelly Manne chronology
At the Black Hawk 1
At the Black Hawk 2
At the Black Hawk 3


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [3]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states: "These lengthy performances ("Vamp's Blues" is over 19 minutes long) give trumpeter Joe Gordon, the cool-toned tenor-saxophonist Richie Kamuca, pianist Victor Feldman, bassist Monty Budwig and the leader/drummer a chance to really stretch out. Fine 1950s bebop".[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Step Lightly" (Benny Golson) - 12:59
  2. "What's New?" (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke) - 13:28
  3. "Vamp's Blues" (Charlie Mariano) - 20:14
  4. "Step Lightly" [alternate take] (Golson) - 14:18 Bonus track on CD reissue
  5. "Theme: A Gem from Tiffany" (Bill Holman) - 0:42
  • Recorded at the Black Hawk, San Francisco on September 22 (track 4) and September 24 (tracks 1-3 & 5), 1959.



  1. ^ Contemporary Records discography accessed May 18, 2015
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. At the Blackhawk, Vol. 2 – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 130. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.