Bud Shank and the Sax Section - JazzWax

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August 19, 2010


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Bruce Armstrong

Mike, thanks for bringing Bud's "Sax Section" recording to your readers' attention. Now, if somebody would only reissue it in CD. It is one of the all-time great recordings of the saxophone section with rhythm concept. The Bob Florence charts are absolutely outstanding and the execution by Bud and the rest of the musicians is a living example of those "super pros" at the top of their game. I bought the LP when I was still in college--c.1966--and had the great fortune to see Bud perform with the exact same personnel at Donte's in Los Angeles a few years later. That evening remains one of my personal "live music" highlights.

Michael Jenner

great call on Al Cohn and the Sax section! I also immediately think of two Benny Carter albums- Further Defintions with Hawk, Phil Woods, and Charlie Rouse and Over The Rainbow with Herb Geller, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, and Joe Temperly. I also love Omer Avital's "Think With Your Heart"- Myron Walden, Joel Frahm, Greg Tardy, Jay Collins, and Joshua Levitt. And last but not least, the Coleman Hawkins record on Savoy with the Basie sax section.

Camden Hughes

Yes, I wish someone would issue this on cd! That's disappointing. I was about ready to download it right now, but unfortunately that's not going to happen.

John Herr

While we're discussing the choiring of saxes, let's not omit Additions to Further Definitions, Benny Carter's '66 sequel to his Further Definitions. Nobody wrote for sax section like Carter, as he proved again in '89 with the CD Over the Rainbow, featuring a cohort that included Herb Geller, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess & Joe Temperley. Other albums in this category worth mentioning are Dave Pell's 2 Prez Conference releases in '78 with Bob Cooper, Bob Hardaway & Bob Efford joining the leader in unison passages behind trumpet soloist Harry Edison & singer Joe Williams. Sadly, the music from the 2 LPs, which both had the same title, is now apparently available only on a single-CD reissue, which preserves 15 of the 20 tunes.


Thanks to Michael and John for bringing the "Over the Rainbow" album to our attention - sounds like a "must have." Larry, where can I find the Charlie Parker anecdote?

Frank Pellecchia

To Bruce Armstrong: If you are the Bruce Armstrong sax player I knew in the Air Force c. 1966-1970, please email me (fpellecchia@verizon.net). I recently spoke to Don Remine's son and I have recordings of the Night Band that may interest you.

Tom M

I have these tracks converted to .wav and .mp3 from my original '66 vinyl.

It's nice to have 'em with me on the ipod and in the CD spinner.

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