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Bud Shank & Bob Cooper - Blowin' Country (1958)

17-08-2015, 21:37
Music | Jazz

Bud Shank & Bob Cooper - Blowin' Country (1958)

Artist: Bud Shank, Bob Cooper
Title Of Album: Blowin' Country
Year Of Release: 1958
Label: Lone Hill Jazz
Genre: Jazz
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Time: 54:52 min
Total Size: 152 mb
WWW: allmusic

AllMusic Review

West Coast jazz of the 1950s has long had a bad reputation in jazz history books and among East Coast jazz writers who have stereotyped it as an overarranged and bloodless music best heard in movie soundtracks of the era. In reality, it was a multifaceted style, a smoothing of bebop's rough edges that could often be hard-swinging even with its quiet rhythm sections. Two of the finest West Coast players of the '50s were Bud Shank and Bob Cooper. Shank, a cool-toned altoist who on this 1998 CD also plays flute and tenor, appeared on many dates with Coop, who triples here on tenor, bass clarinet and oboe. Despite the CD title (named after a Shank original), the music that they perform on these selections from 1958 (plus five added numbers from 1956) is not country music but swinging jazz. Teamed with either pianist Claude Williamson or guitarist Howard Roberts, bassist Don Prell and drummer Chuck Flores, Shank and Cooper display distinctive but complementary styles, and their tripling on woodwinds gives plenty of variety to the date. Cooper's oboe playing, which preceded Yusef Lateef's, in particular is a joy. Highly recommended.

Bud Shank & Bob Cooper - Blowin' Country (1958)
1. Dinah
2. Mutual Admiration Society
3. Steve Allen Theme
4. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
5. Blowin' Country
6. Love Nest
7. As Long as There's Music
8. Just in Time
9. Two Lost Souls
10. Thanks for the Memory
11. Romantic Guy, I
12. Sweet Georgia Brown
13. Gypsy in My Soul
14. I Want to Be Happy
15. What'll I Do?

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