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In 1957 and 1958 altoist Bud Shank and tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper went on joint tours of Europe. This two-CD set mostly consists of four radio broadcasts of Shank (doubling on flute) and Cooper (also on oboe) co-leading a quintet also featuring pianist Claude Williamson, bassist Don Prell and drummer Jimmy Pratt. Although the recording quality varies from broadcast to broadcast, the results are consistently listenable and both of the saxophonists are heard in their early prime. The interplay between the two throughout the cool-toned bop music is a constant joy. Also on this two-fer is a partial selection with the Lighthouse All-Stars, four numbers from a Shank live date with pianist Russ Freeman and three selections by Shank's quartet in 1956 from a telecast of the Stars of Jazz. Nearly all of the music was previously unreleased. This set is easily recommended to lovers of '50s West Coast jazz.

Biography

Born: 06 December 1925 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Like many West Coast tenor saxophonists of his generation, Bob Cooper's style was based upon skillful emulation of Lester Young's velvety, vetiver-scented tone, harmonic ingenuity and sinuous technique. The best introduction to this artist would be Coop! The Music of Bob Cooper, released in 1958 by Contemporary Records. Initially known as an exponent of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, he branched out and spent four decades as an all-purpose session man, serving...
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European Tour '58, Bob Cooper
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  • 19,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 01 January 2006

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