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Audio CD, May 5, 1998
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There is little evidence here to support the era's standard critical allegations of paleness and lack of swing in jazz from the West. -- Jazz Times
2. Fluted Columns
3. I Hear Music
4. Royal Garden Blues
5. A Sinner Kissed An Angel
6. It Had To Be You
7. Fluted Columns (Alt. Take)
8. I Hear Music (Trio Version)
9. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime
10. Blues In The Night
11. Bojangles Of Harlem
12. It's A New World
13. Angel Eyes
14. Sonny Speaks
15. Ain't Got A Dime To My Name
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on August 6, 2016
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
This brilliant but obscure record deserves to be much better known. In the 1950s, the so-called "West Coast" jazz was vying for musical dominance with the edgier, more blues-oriented "Hard Bop" jazz found on the East Coast, a battle that most musicologists have concluded ended in a happy draw. Bud Shank and Bill Perkins were both under-appreciated proponents of the West Coast school and this album is a prime example. I don't think there was ever a time in American music when so many amazing musicians were playing in the jazz field all at once. Add this collection to the list of essential rarities from that era, a time when "Giants Walked the Earth."
on December 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD, originally a Pacific Jazz issue featuring sessions from 1955 through 1958, is another wonderful compilation of tunes from two of the prime movers of the 1950's west coast jazz scene. The disc is interesting if for no other reason that it's split personality. The first 8 cuts, recorded in 55 and featuring a rhythm section of Hampton Hawes, Red Mitchell and Mel Lewis, is a hard swinging session reminiscent of some of Shorty Rogers' more swingable stuff (ie. Courts the Count). The rest of the CD slows down a bit with some ballads, blues and generally a more low key but tasteful collection of tunes. These additional 7 charts feature changes in the rhythm section but include other west coast notables like Jimmy Rowles and Shelly Manne. While they were recorded later and lack the swinging tempos of the first set, they still represent some of the best of the west coast cool genre. Obviously, Shank and Perkins pull it all together with good chemistry "throughout the years". Highly recommended.
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