Sunday, 3 July 2011

Bud Shank

Clifford Everett "Bud" Shank, Jr. (May 27, 1926 – April 2, 2009) was an American alto saxophonist and flautist. He played flute in Stan Kenton's Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra, on various recording sessions including The Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds, and occasionally in live performances (as with The L.A. Four) until he gave it up later in his career to focus exclusively on the alto saxophone. He also recorded one album playing only tenor saxophone.

Bud Shank was born in Dayton, Ohio. He began with clarinet in Vandalia, Ohio, but had switched to saxophone before attending the University of North Carolina. While at UNC, Shank was initiated into the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. In 1946 he worked with Charlie Barnet before moving on to Kenton and the West coast jazz scene. He also had a strong interest in what might now be termed world music, playing bossa nova in the early 1950s (years before it became a craze), and in 1962 fusing jazz with Indian traditions in collaboration with Indian composer and sitar-player Ravi Shankar.

In the first decades of his career Shank played the flute as a second instrument, but during the 1980s dropped it and became purely an alto saxophonist. In 2005 he formed the Bud Shank Big Band in Los Angeles to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Stan Kenton's Neophonic Orchestra.

A documentary film about Bud Shank, Bud Shank "Against the Tide" Portrait of a Jazz Legend, was produced and directed by Graham Carter of Jazzed Media and released by Jazzed Media as a DVD (with a companion CD) in 2008. To date the documentary film has been awarded 4 indie film awards including an Aurora Awards Gold.

Shank died on April 2, 2009, of a pulmonary embolism at his home in Tucson, AZ, one day after returning from San Diego, CA where he was recording a new album.




Bud Shank & Michel Legrand - The Windmills Of Your Mind(1969)
 












A1. The Windmills Of Your Mind 3:09   
A2. Watch What Happens 4:01   
A3. Theme D'Elise 3:44   
A4. One Day 4:56   
A5. Chanson De Solange 2:52   
B1.  De Delphine A Lancien 3:16   
B2.  I Will Wait For You 3:27   
B3.  His Eyes, Her Eyes 4:22   
B4.  Once Upon A Summertime 3:28   
B5.  Chanson Des Jumelles 1:52   


LINEUP:
Bass – Ray Brown
Drums – Shelly Manne 
Flute, Alto Saxophone – Bud Shank
Guitar – Howard Roberts
Harpsichord, Arranged By – Michel LeGrand  
Organ – Artie Kane
Piano – Michel LeGrand  
Tenor Saxophone – Ernie Watts
Trombone – Billy Byers
Trumpet – Bud Brisbois, Conte Candoli, Gary Barone

Notes:

A1 & B3 - Theme from The Thomas Crown Affair
A2 & A3 & B2 - Theme from The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
A5 & B1 & B5 - Theme from The Young Girls Of Rochefort

Released: 1969



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Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! - Bud Shank  (1966)
 












01 – Summer Samba
02 – Elizeth
03 – Noturno
04 – Ontem a Noite
05 – Carnaval
06 – Sausalito
07 – If I Should Loose You
08 – Carioca Hills
09 – Samba do Aviao
10 – What Time it Was
11 – Quiet Nights
12 – The Color of Your Hair

LINEUP:
BUD SHANK: ALTO SAX, FLUTE
LAURINDO ALMEIDA: GUITAR
CHET BAKER: FLUGELHORN
JOE PASS: GUITAR
CLARE FISCHER: PIANO
JOAO DONATO: PIANO



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