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Reflections on Bud

By Published: April 13, 2009
This past January I recorded Bud at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, with Bill Mays
Bill Mays
Bill Mays
b.1944
piano
, Bob Magnusson
Bob Magnusson
Bob Magnusson
b.1947
bass, acoustic
, and Joe LaBarbera
Joe LaBarbera
Joe LaBarbera
b.1948
drums
. 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 Shank—a consummate jazz musician, showman, and a very special human being. I am honored that he was my friend as well.


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