Another sad departure, last Thursday, of Dayton OH- born, but iconic Californian alto saxophonist Bud Shank. He was 82. Here’s an obituary from the Washington Post, and an extended piece from Doug Ramsey’s Rifftides blog .
The classic Kenton sax section with Shank and Perk (Bill Perkins) and Coop (Bob Cooper) may never have been bettered. I heard him once , live, close-up at the Bull’s Head in the 1980’s, with a sound and a quietly dominant presence you never forget. Sad.