Popo (album)

Popo is a West Coast jazz album with a previously unreleased 1951 recording session by trumpeter Shorty Rogers and his quintet. It was first released on LP in 1980 by Don Schlitten on his Xanadu label. Due to his prominence, the album cover gives credit to alto saxophonist Art Pepper as co-leader alongside Rogers who actually led the studio session on December 27 that also featured pianist Frank Patchen, Howard Rumsey on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums.[1] At the time the musicians also played together at the Lighthouse club in Hermosa Beach as Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars.[2] Shortly after Art Pepper would lead his first quartet (with Hampton Hawes).[3]

Studio album by
Released1980 (Remastered CD: 1994)
RecordedDecember 27, 1951 in Los Angeles
GenreJazz, West Coast jazz, bebop, cool jazz
LabelXanadu # 148
ProducerDon Schlitten and Bob Andrews
Shorty Rogers chronology
Modern Sounds
Shorty Rogers and His Giants

Track listingEdit

  1. "Popo" (Shorty Rogers) – 4:19
  2. "What's New?" (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke) – 2:17
  3. "Lullaby in Rhythm" (Clarence Profit, Edgar Sampson, Benny Goodman) - 5:22
  4. "All the Things You Are" (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) - 2:58
  5. "Robbins Nest" (Illinois Jacquet) - 4:49
  6. "Scrapple from the Apple" (Charlie Parker) - 6:19
  7. "Body and Soul" (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour) - 3:20
  8. "Jive at Five" (Harry Edison) - 5:27
  9. "Tin Tin Deo" (Gil Fuller, Chano Pozo) - 4:06
  10. "Cherokee" (Ray Noble) - 6:36



  1. ^ Art Pepper discography on Jazzdisco.org
  2. ^ On a live recording from January 6, 1952 they were supplemented by trombonist Milt Burnhart and Jimmy Giuffre on tenor saxophone (first released in Japan in 1991). Cf. listing of the Lighthouse session in the Art Pepper discography on Jazzdisco.org).
  3. ^ Live recordings from February 1952 at the Surf Club in Hollywood were released as The Early Show (1976) and The Late Show (1980), also on Xanadu. Cf. both sessions on Jazzdisco.org.