Sunday, November 6, 2016

Bud Shank & Bob Cooper - Blowin' Country

West Coast jazz of the 1950s has long had a bad reputation in jazz history books and among East Coast jazz writers who have stereotyped it as an overarranged and bloodless music best heard in movie soundtracks of the era. In reality, it was a multifaceted style, a smoothing of bebop's rough edges that could often be hard-swinging even with its quiet rhythm sections. Two of the finest West Coast players of the '50s were Bud Shank and Bob Cooper. Shank, a cool-toned altoist who on this 1998 CD also plays flute and tenor, appeared on many dates with Coop, who triples here on tenor, bass clarinet and oboe. Despite the CD title (named after a Shank original), the music that they perform on these selections from 1958 (plus five added numbers from 1956) is not country music but swinging jazz. Teamed with either pianist Claude Williamson or guitarist Howard Roberts, bassist Don Prell and drummer Chuck Flores, Shank and Cooper display distinctive but complementary styles, and their tripling on woodwinds gives plenty of variety to the date. Cooper's oboe playing, which preceded Yusef Lateef's, in particular is a joy. Highly recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Bud Shank
Bob Cooper
Blowin' Country


1 Dinah (Akst, Lewis, Young)  3:18
2 Mutual Admiration Society (Dubey, Karr)  3:45
3 Steve Allen Theme (Allen)  4:08
4 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (Lerner, Loewe)  2:42
5 Blowin' Country (Shank)  6:15
6 Love Nest (Harbach, Hirsch)  3:13
7 As Long as There's Music (Cahn, Styne)  3:41
8 Just in Time (Comden, Green, Styne)  3:42
9 Two Lost Souls (Adler, Ross)  3:44
10 Thanks for the Memory (Rainger, Robin)  4:30
11 A Romantic Guy, I (Sharbutt, Stanaton, Uhl)  3:34
12 Sweet Georgia Brown (Casey, Pinkard)  3:41
13 Gypsy in My Soul (Boland, Jaffe)  3:23
14 I Want to Be Happy (Caesar, Youmans)  2:31
15 What'll I Do ? (Berlin)  2:45


Bud Shank - as, ts & fl
Bob Cooper - ts, bcl & ob
Claude Williamson - p [# 1-11]
Howard Roberts - g [# 12-15]
Don Prell - b
Chuck Flores - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles ; January 21, 1958 and/or February 18/19, 1958 [# 1-11] and November 29, 1956 [# 12-15]


Orbyt said...

Coop 'n' Shank, it doesn't get better. Another great post Mel.

ruskaval said...

Thank You!

the doc said...

nice! thanks. Are these on the Mosaic set as well?

ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon.

rog said...

Thanks for this one Melanchthon..

Philo said...

Bud Shank & Bob Cooper - Blowin' Country (1958)

Another great find. Very enjoyable music.

And Scott Yanow is right...Bob Cooper really swings on that oboe.

Frasco said...

Thank you!

Frasco said...

Thank you!

deGallo said...

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Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

John Pickworth said...

Manny thanks !

Jan Vronský said...

Nice post, thank you!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

317East32nd said...

Thank you, Mel, for this and several others. We appreciate you!

Jorge del Parque said...

Muchas gracias Mel!!

Melanchthon said...

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you MM for Mr. Bud Shank, I still miss him so much.

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!