Bud Shank

On the Trail

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For this straight-ahead set, altoist Bud Shank performs a variety of songs having to do with traveling in the West, mixing in standards with originals. The sextet teams Shank with trumpeter Conte Candoli (in one of his final recordings), tenor saxophonist Jay Thomas, pianist Bill Mays, bassist Bob Magnusson, and drummer Joe LaBarbera. Danny Hull has a few vocals along the way and those are just okay; plus not that many of the originals are overly memorable. However this version of "On the Trail" (which has been given a bridge) and a "California Medley" comprised of "Avalon" and "Relaxin' at Camarillo" are highlights. Also, it is good to hear Shank and Candoli playing together one last time after knowing each other for a half century.

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