Fascinating Rhythms

Fascinating Rhythms

by Bud ShankBud Shank


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These live sessions represent the final recordings of Bud Shank, who passed away just a few months following them in early 2009. Although he had been battling ill health in the last couple of years of his life (which caused him to cancel some concerts), the 82-year-old is very much on top of his game in these performances at the Jazz Bakery, with his regular rhythm section of pianist Bill Mays, bassist Bob Magnusson, and drummer Joe La Barbera. Shank's laconic interpretation of "Over the Rainbow" is free of the often syrupy sentimentality added to the standard, while he engages Mays in a lengthy duet of "Lover Man" that takes it far from the usual paths. The alto saxophonist shows a sense of irony by converting Shorty Rogers' "Lotus Bud" (written to feature Shank on flute) into a bossa nova showcase on alto, combined in a medley with a spirited take of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "No More Blues" that is converted from bossa nova to a playful uptempo bop setting. Also not to be missed are Shank's engaging bossa nova "Chicane" and the rollicking take of Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca" (which is highlighted by Mays' unusual piano solo incorporating hand-muted and strummed strings). It is puzzling as to why the NEA failed to recognize Bud Shank as a Jazz Master, but the alto saxophonist's fans, who recognize his importance, will enjoy this final chapter in his impressive recorded career.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2009
Label: Jazzed Media
UPC: 0700261273129
catalogNumber: 1045

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bud Shank   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Joe La Barbera   Drums,Group Member
Bob Magnusson   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Bud Shank   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Shorty Rogers   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Doug Ramsey   Liner Notes
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Ram Ramirez   Composer
Graham Carter   Producer,Liner Notes

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