Friday, May 3, 2013

Bud Shank Quartet at the Haig

Altoist Bud Shank recorded frequently as a leader during 1954-1969 for Richard Bock's Pacific Jazz and World Pacific labels, but very few of those diverse records (other than his collaborations with guitarist Laurindo Almeida) are currently available. An exception is this CD reissue (on Choice) of a live set by his 1956 group for the obscure Concept label. Recorded in early stereo by Gerry MacDonald, the Shank Quartet (with pianist Claude Williamson, bassist Don Prell and drummer Chuck Flores) was caught during a seven-month period when they worked regularly at the Haig in Los Angeles. They stretch out on Williamson's "Ambassador Blues" and a variety of standards, playing cool-toned bop and pushing themselves. Easily recommended to straight-ahead jazz fans. [Originally released in 1956, Live at the Haig was reissued on an import-only Japanese CD in 2003.]
Scott Yanow

Source :

Bud Shank
Live at the Haig


1 I Heard You Cried Last Night (Grouya, Kruger) 7:06
2 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman) 4:41
3 Ambassador Blues (Williamson) 10:48
4 How About You ? (Freed, Lane) 9:18
5 Out of This World (Arlen, Mercer) 6:48
6 Miles Sign-Off (Davis) 10:43

Bud Shank - as & fl
Claude Williamson - p
Don Prell - b
Chuck Flores - dr

Recorded live at "The Haig", Los Angeles ; 1956


cvllos said...

Mel, this one is a big promise: Shank plus Williamson! Wow!
Better late then ever that I discovered it now! Thanks too much!

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

fcapeau said...

You call call that as you want, West-Coast, Cool-toned Bop .... anyway, it works, and it's good ! Many thanks, mel

Eli Koch said...

Many, many thanks for all your posts.