Bud Shank

Bud Shank and the Sax Section

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During an era when altoist Bud Shank was recording an extensive series of fairly commercial albums for World Pacific, this LP was better than most. Teamed with a saxophone section that included altoist Bill Perkins, both Rick Hardaway and Bob Cooper on tenors and baritonists Jack Nimitz and John Lowe plus guitarist Dennis Budimir, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Larry Bunker, Shank and his sidemen play rather concise versions of a dozen songs arranged by Bob Florence. One wishes that the saxes could have stretched out more on such tunes as "The Sidewinder," "On A Clear Day," "Take Five" and "Senor Blues," since none of the performances exceed 3 1/2 minutes, but overall, the music on this out-of-print LP is reasonably enjoyable within its limitations.

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