The timely emergence
The flute's voice
Sophistication, the Samba and the Search
Playing with big orchestras
Enjoying a more interesting life
Let's get rid of the categories
Food for thought
Improvisation: Can it be learned?
Bud Shank Today
Selected performances


After Bud Shank, It's All Downhill.....This band has a collective 300 years (or so) of experience as professionals and it shows in every number they play, every solo they take. San Francisco ExaminerBud Shank - click to enlarge

Shank's alto work is absolutely entrancing a fiery mixture of unmatched technical prowess and interpretive sensibilities that have matured to perfection. Then there's Shank's signature sound: crisp, cool, and singing: it remains one of the most instantly recognizable in the whole of improvisational music. Add to the long list of attributes his passion for lyricism and the art of balladry, and Shank should be near the top of any list of living jazz greats. JAZZIZ

Bud's had a major re-awakening. Now he's swinging with more exuberance and making daring choices. He's not getting older, he's getting more ferocious. Down Beat For more than a decade, Shank has gone full steam ahead as a jazz alto saxophonist. When Shank declared independence from the studios and the flute, his alto tone took on muscle, his improvisation, ferocity. Both have continued to build Jazz Times

Awesomely fluent. New York Times

Bud Shank delivers all the elements necessary for good mainstream jazz: swing, spirit, solid time feel, a robust sound, emotion, intellect, quality tunes and the ability to ignite both band members and audience alike. Hearing him is an exhilarating experience Los Angeles Times