Friday, May 5, 2017

Bud Shank Feat. Claude Williamson (Pacific Jazz 1230)

Bud Shank began his career pigeonholed as a cool-schooler, but those who have listened to the altoist progress over the long haul know that he has become one of the hottest, most original players of the immediate post-Parker generation. Lumped in with the limpid-toned West Coast crowd in the '50s, Shank never ceased to evolve ; in the '90s, he has more in common with Jackie McLean or Phil Woods than with Paul Desmond or Lee Konitz. Shank's keening, blithely melodic, and tonally expressive style is one of the more genuinely distinctive approaches to have grown out of the bebop idiom. Shank attended the University of North Carolina from 1944-46. Early on, he played a variety of woodwinds, including flute, clarinet, and alto and tenor saxes ; he began to concentrate on alto and flute in the late '40s. After college, Shank moved to California, where he studied with trumpeter/composer Shorty Rogers and played in the big bands of Charlie Barnet (1947-8) and Stan Kenton (1950-51). Shank made a name for himself in the '50s as a central member of the West Coast jazz scene. In addition to those named above, he played and recorded with bassist Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars, tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper, and Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida, among others. Shank made a series of albums as a leader for World Pacific in the late '50s and early '60s. Shank ensconced himself in the L.A. studios during the '60s, emerging occasionally to record jazz and bossa nova albums with the likes of Chet Baker and Sergio Mendes. Shank's 1966 album with Baker, Michelle, was something of a popular success, reaching number 56 on the charts. Film scores on which Shank can be heard include The Thomas Crown Affair, Slippery When Wet and The Barefoot Adventure. In the '70s, Shank formed the L.A. Four with Almeida, bassist Ray Brown, and, at various times, drummers Chuck Flores, Shelly Manne, and Jeff Hamilton. Shank had been one of the earliest jazz flutists, but in the mid-'80s, he dropped the instrument in order to concentrate on alto full-time. Over the last two decades, he has recorded small-group albums at a modestly steady pace for the Contemporary, Concord, and Candid labels. Shank's 1997 Milestone album, By Request : Bud Shank Meets the Rhythm Section, presents the altoist in top form, burning down the house with a band of relative youngsters which includes neo-bopper pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Three years later, Silver Storm was released.
Chris Kelsey

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:aifqxqy5ldae~T1

The
Bud Shank
Quartet
(Featuring Claude Williamson)

Tracks

1 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  4:02
2 Tertia (Williamson)  8:32
3 All of You (Porter)  6:04
4 Theme (Williamson)  3:54
5 Jive at Five (Basie, Edison)  4:29
6 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein II, Romberg)  5:19
7 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Burke, VanHeusen)  3:38
8 Pavane (Ravel)  6:09

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

Recorded on November 7 & 8, 1956

19 comments:

seegs said...

A vbery nice post. Thanks for the Bud Shank.

Frasco said...

Thank you very much, Melanchton!

dreadco said...

Bud Shank with Claude Williamson is always a winner. Thank you so much.

neil said...

Oh, my! Have been getting into Claude Williamson lately, and now you post a pairing with Bud Shank; what it is to 'rediscover' jazz history...

rowgatien said...

All is well over here with this post, thanks!

laconico said...

Amazing quartet, thanks Mel.

Orbyt said...

Been looking for this one. Sometimes confused with I Hear Music (Sunset) which uses the same image but is a different session entirely. Thank you Mel.

neil said...

Thought I had his 1956 Quartet featuring Claude Williamson already, but that's Pacific 1215. Many thanks mel...

Kovina Kris said...

Very nice. Thank you very much and thanks for the alt DL sites as well.

duck said...

Many thanks again Mel

deGallo said...

Wunnerful! Thank you.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

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DEEP said...

CLASP

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

rev.b said...

Always a pleasure. Thanks Mel!