Beyond the Red Door

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bud Shank and Bill Mays first joined forces back in the '70s, but the alto saxophonist's opportunities to use one of his favorite pianists diminished when Mays moved to the East Coast. This reunion is a fun-filled duo date with many playful moments, starting with the jubilant take of "The Red Door." Mays' idea to combine two haunting ballads in medley form, Russ Freeman's overlooked gem "The Wind" and "The Peacocks" (one of Jimmy Rowles' best known works and a favorite of the late Bill Evans, among many others), works beautifully, as the two deliver a heartfelt performance. The pianist also contributed his bittersweet waltz "Quietly." Their spacy introduction to the standard...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bud Shank and Bill Mays first joined forces back in the '70s, but the alto saxophonist's opportunities to use one of his favorite pianists diminished when Mays moved to the East Coast. This reunion is a fun-filled duo date with many playful moments, starting with the jubilant take of "The Red Door." Mays' idea to combine two haunting ballads in medley form, Russ Freeman's overlooked gem "The Wind" and "The Peacocks" (one of Jimmy Rowles' best known works and a favorite of the late Bill Evans, among many others), works beautifully, as the two deliver a heartfelt performance. The pianist also contributed his bittersweet waltz "Quietly." Their spacy introduction to the standard "The Touch of Your Lips" is hardly a typical bop arrangement, while the jaunty setting of "Everything I Love" has a choppy flavor and some of Shank's best playing of the session. Shank co-wrote two pieces with his wife Linda: the nostalgic "Carousels" (first conceived as a bossa nova years ago) and the unusual "Why Not Now?," an intriguing work that defies musical labels. Highly recommended!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2007
  • Label: Jazzed Media
  • UPC: 700261218304
  • Catalog Number: 1027
  • Sales rank: 311,205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Door (6:33)
  2. 2 The Wind/The Peacocks (9:12)
  3. 3 Why Not Now? (8:31)
  4. 4 Quietly (6:14)
  5. 5 The Touch of Your Lips (9:19)
  6. 6 I Loves You Porgy (8:50)
  7. 7 Carousels (7:56)
  8. 8 Everything I Love (7:58)
  9. 9 Where or When (7:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bud Shank Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Bill Mays Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Russ Freeman Composer
Bill Mays Composer
Gerry Mulligan Composer
Jimmy Rowles Composer
Bud Shank Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Ray Noble Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Rod Nicas Mastering
Graham Carter Executive Producer
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