Archive for May 21st, 2011

Jake Fryer / Bud Shank Quintet – In Good Company

The release of In Good Company (Capri Records, 2011) is bittersweet for British alto saxophonist Jake Fryer. The day after completing the recording, fellow alto player Bud Shank died. It’s a sorrowful ending to a dream come true, as Shank was one of the greatest influences for Fryer.

Fryer and Shank front the good company of Mike Wofford on piano, Bob Magnusson on bass, and Joe La Barbera on drums. The date is played like a live gig, as all nine tracks were recorded in one take.

The set begins with a fresh take on the familiar. The band covers Duke Ellington’s “Caravan.” Apart from the brilliant play by the leads, the rhythm section also delights. “Tip Top and Tickety Boo” is a Fryer original. It’s a spirited, playful piece.

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