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5.0 out of 5 stars SHANKS A MILLION, 6 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Four Classic Albums (Blowin Country / Bud Shank With Shorty Rogers & Bill Perkins / Bud Shank And Three Trombones / Jazz At Cal-Tech) (Audio CD)
The saxophonist Bud Shank is shown as represented on AMSC 1087 by four albums, but that's being modest. In fact the original Pacific issues ran to five, two of which were packaged together subsequently. "Bud Shank & Three Trombones" dates from April & June 1954, "Bud Shank with Shorty Rogers & Bill Perkins" from mid-1955, "Jazz at Cal-Tech" from January 1956, and "Blowin' Country" from early 1958. The order in which they feature here is "Blowin' Country/ BS with Bill Perkins/ BS with Shorty Rogers/ 3 Trombones/ Cal-Tech. The first was a shared session with tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper, who doubled on bass clarinet & oboe, while Bud played alto, tenor and flute, backed by Claude Williamson on piano, Don Prell on bass & Chiuck Flores on drums. It's a judicious selection of mainly standards which mixed ballads with up-tempo swingers, and the joint leaders' multi-instrumental talents enabled a wide tonal palette.

The same applies to the session with Bill Perkins, where both doubled on alto and tenor, Bud added baritone, and Perkins the flute; they were backed by Hampton Hawes, Red Mitchell & Mel Lewis. The Shorty Rogers session was more confined both in terms of instruments and material; Bud played alto & flute, and Shorty the flugelhorn, accompanied by Jimmy Rowles, Harry Babasin & Roy Harte, and all the numbers were Shorty Rogers compositions. The three trombones in question were the valve variety, blown by Bob Enevoldsen, Maynard Ferguson & Stu Williamson, accompanied by Claude Williamson, Joe Mondragon & Shelly Manne. It was an unorthodox line-up, which was well worth the experiment. The personnel for the live concert at Cal-Tech was identical to the "Blowin' Country" line-up, and the presence of an audience obviously stimulated the participants, to judge from the results. Sound quality is excellent throughout.
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