Reflections on Bud
This past January I recorded Bud at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, with Bill Mays, Bob Magnusson, and Joe LaBarbera. He wailed on the stage for four nights, and the resulting album, to be called The Bud Shank Quartet: Fascinating Rhythms, will be released later this year. I think Bud knew it was his swan song, and he played with the intensity of someone half his age.
Those of us who were there knew it was something special, and I am happy Bud could go out on top. That's Bud Shanka consummate jazz musician, showman, and a very special human being. I am honored that he was my friend as well.