February 24, 2004
Mosaic Select

Album Review

For hardcore West Coast jazz fans, this Mosaic Select volume will be a kind of treasure-trove, though for most it will simply be a compelling curiosity piece. The collaborations of saxophonist and flutist Bud Shank and arranger, saxophonist, and oboist Bob Cooper created some tumult in the mid-1950s, when they recorded four albums together with various-sized ensembles, and, to a lesser degree, on Shank's date with Bob Brookmeyer arranged by Cooper. All tolled, there are five albums on these three discs: Bud Shank and Bob Brookmeyer (along with the session's remaining tracks that showed up on Bud Shank and Three Trombones on Pacific Jazz), Jazz at Cal-Tech (Pacific Jazz), Flute and Oboe (World Pacific), Swing's to TV, as well as the cuts from Jazz Swings Broadway (World Pacific) and of course, the classic, Blowin' Country (World Pacific). The quark strangeness and charm of these recordings cannot be underestimated, and neither can their swing. With sidemen like pianist Claude Williamson, drummers Chuck Flores or Shelly Manne, bassist Don Prell and others, these dates have a kind of quaintness that dates them in that restless yet ultra-hip period in the 1950s when almost anything went as long as it swung, and that stood outside the entire hard bop scene. These sides are not for everyone, but they are priceless for the sheer sophistication and adventurousness of their arrangements and the interplay between Shank and Cooper, which was symbiotic. A very fine idea by the folks at Mosaic.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Valve Head
  2. Cool Fool
  3. Little Girl Blue
  4. Mobile
  5. Wailing Vessel
  6. Baby's Birthday Party
  7. You Don't Know What Love Is
  8. Sing Something Simple
  9. Wailing Vessel [Alternate Take]
  10. When Lights Are Low [Live]
  11. Old Devil Moon [Live]
  12. The Nearness of You [Live]
  13. Medley: How Long Has This Been Going On/Tea for Two [Live]
  14. Lullaby of Birdland [Live]
  15. Somebody Loves Me [Live]
  16. Moonlight in Vermont [Live]
  17. The King [Live]
  18. Low Life
  19. When Your Lover Has Gone
  20. Out of This World
  21. There's a Small Hotel
  22. Rustic Hop
  23. You Are Too Beautiful
  24. With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair
  25. Low Life [Alternate Take]
  26. Dinah
  27. Mutual Admiration Society
  28. Steve Allen Theme
  29. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  30. Blowin' Country
  31. Love Nest
  32. As Long as There's Music
  33. Just in Time
  34. Two Lost Souls
  35. Thanks for the Memory
  36. A Romantic Guy, I
  37. Sweet Georgia Brown
  38. Gypsy in My Soul
  39. I Want to Be Happy
  40. What'll I Do?
  41. They Didn't Believe Me
  42. In the Blue of the Evening
  43. Tequila Time
  44. I Can't Get Started
  45. Blues for Delilah
  46. Sunset and Wine
  47. When You Wish Upon a Star
  48. Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day)
  49. Tenderly
  50. Danny Boy (Londonberry Air)
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