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Bud Shank has been an integral member of the international jazz scene for 60 years. A respected saxophonist, composer, and arranger, his soaring dynamic performances have enlivened countless concerts, festivals, nightclubs, and recording sessions.

Shank first came to prominence in the big bands of Charlie Barnet and Stan Kenton during the late 1940s. In the 1950s the saxophonist began a long tenure with Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars, as well as work with his own quartet. A charter member of the “West Coast” jazz movement, Shank's cool but always strongly swinging sound has made him one of a handful of sax players with an instantly recognizable and always exciting sound. In addition to club and concert dates this period found the musician producing some 50 diverse albums.

During the next two decades Shank augmented his club, university, and festival appearances with a healthy amount of studio work. A first call alto sax and flute player, he was a four-time winner of the coveted Most Valuable Player award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

In the 1970s and 80s Shank joined with Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, and Laurindo Almeida to form the world-renowned LA Four, who recorded and toured extensively through the decade. Shank helped to popularize both Latin-flavored and chamber jazz music, and as a musician's musician also performed with orchestras as diverse as the Royal Philharmonic, the New American Orchestra, the Gerald Wilson Big Band, Stan Kenton's Neophonic Orchestra, and the legendary Duke Ellington.

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Album Bud Shank: Four Classic Albums by Bud Shank

Bud Shank: Four...

Avid Records UK
2012

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Album In Good Company by Bud Shank

In Good Company

Capri Records
2011

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Barefoot Adventure

Stretch Records
2011

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Album Fascinating Rhythms by Bud Shank

Fascinating Rhythms

Jazzed Media
2010

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Album Bud Shank: The Original - The Pacific Jazz Years by Bud Shank

Bud Shank: The...

Unknown label
2008

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Album European Tour '57 by Bud Shank

European Tour '57

Lone Hill Jazz
2007

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