Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Bud Shank Quartet

Here's a great album. Recorded in 1956, I'm pretty sure this is Bud Shank's first major solo release. I've posted a lot of Shank's work, and I think he's an artist that really epitomises the west coast cool jazz scene. While his more commercially styled pop/jazz work later on is good, his work here and on subsequent Pacific Jazz releases from the early 60's is the really good stuff.

Reading the liner notes on the back really makes you appreciate the LP format. While such extensive notes were more a staple of Jazz records, you'd be hard pressed to find anything like this in any genre today. And I love the cover art on this. Hip and Modern. Basically this whole album is the essense of cool. Dig it.

Bud Shank: Alto and Flute
Claude Williamson: Piano
Chuck Flores: Drums
Don Prell: Bass

Side 1:
01 - Bag Of Blues
02 - Nature Boy
03 - All This And Heaven Too
04 - Jubilation

Side 2:
05 - Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
06 - Nocture For Flute
07 - Walkin'
08 - Carioca


Blogger mel said...

These are the Bud Shank recordings I've been looking for - the West Coast sounds of the late 1950s. I saw all the guys on this record together with Bob Cooper and June Christy back in 1958. Great stuff!

Do you have any more from this period?

Thanks so much for the share.

Regards - Mel

9:28 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Hi Mel. I don't really have any more Bud Shank right now, but I'm always on the prowl at the record shop. I found this record only last week, and if I get any more you can guarantee they'll be up here.

2:47 PM  
Blogger GarColga said...

Wow this sounds great! Thanks!!

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Captain Détendu said...

Hi Michael,

Love your blog ! I just discovered it today and unfortunately, the Bud Shank's link is dead :-( Too bad...

Thanks anyway and cheers from Paris !

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too Bad they took it down!

5:39 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

I decided to put this one back up. Hope you guys enjoy!

2:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:43 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Thank you! Great recording. Love the site.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous TalentAgent said...

Here's a Bud Shank little-known
fact: It was Shanks flute solo in
"California Dreaming" by The Mammas
& Pappas, that was the songs highlight! He played on a host of thier top hits.
A great player who recently passed on.

2:48 PM  
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6:23 AM  
Blogger E Craig said...

Great Blog (Just found you)

This Shank is awsome.

thanks for posting.

4:12 AM  

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