Bud Shank: Casa de Luz

Track

Casa de Luz

Artist

Bud Shank (alto sax)

CD

Jazz in Hollywood (Nocturne OJCCD-1890-2)

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Musicians:

Bud Shank (alto sax), Shorty Rogers (flugelhorn), Jimmy Rowles (piano), Harry Babasin (bass), Roy Harte (drums).

Composed by Shorty Rogers

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Recorded: Hollywood, March 1954

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

His Latin interest piqued by a 1953 collaboration with guitarist Laurindo Almeida, Bud Shank alighted in "Casa de Luz." While Shank was nominal leader, his fraternal twin in mid-1950s West Coast jazz, Shorty Rogers, is the gravitational center, penning all six tunes for this session and contributing its most distinctive solos. Rogers was a first-rate writer but a nondescript trumpeter until finding his niche with the flugelhorn, where he wisely stuck to the middle register, sporting an attractive tone and melodic solos in lieu of pyrotechnics. Harte's drumming is somewhat stiff, but overall this is quite appealing. Plus Jimmy Rowles!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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