Monday, January 24, 2011

Shank's Finale, Urcola's Tribute - Bob Stewart

U.K. saxophonist Jake Fryer joins the legendary alto saxophonist Bud Shank and Shank's outstanding rhythm section of pianist Mike Wofford, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Joe LaBarbera for a stellar be-bop session on the new CD, "In Good Company." This was, sadly, the final recording of Bud Shank as he passed away the day after it was recorded. Shank's playing on the disc, while not as sharp as when he was in his prime, still has the ideas, fire and passion he was well know for, and Fryer shows he is in the same class as other true greats of the alto. The compositions are mostly originals by Fryer, along with a couple of standards.

Argentina-born trumpeter/composer Diego Urcola pays tribute to his heroes and contemporaries on his new release, "Appreciation." He shows his recognition not by imitation but through compositions inspired and dedicated to heroes and friends, including Freddie Hubbard, Hermeto Pascoal, Paquito D'Rivera, and Guillermo Klein. Urcola presents his originals with the help of an amazing ensemble, featuring pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Eric McPherson.

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