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December 28, 2010


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Ed Leimbacher

This may be an excellent album (never heard it), but I think Shank actually quit Hollywood, the studios, the L.A.4, and ultimately the flute that made him a famous first-call commodity because too much pop and schlock was instead making a windmill of his mind. He devoted the next two decades to sailing, some teaching, and broadcasting bebop far and wide via his sizzling alto--another of the West Coast cats making up for lost time. (Think Art Pepper, Frank Morgan, Howard McGhee, Hampton Hawes, maybe even Dexter Gordon, though they all had a different set of problems.)

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