Bud Shank & Clare Fischer – Bossa Nova Jazz Samba (1962)

FrontCover1Clifford Everett “Bud” Shank, Jr. (May 27, 1926 – April 2, 2009) was an American alto saxophonist and flautist. He rose to prominence in the early 1950s playing lead alto and flute in Stan Kenton’s Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra and throughout the decade worked in various small jazz combos. He spent the 1960s as a first-call studio musician in Hollywood. In the 1970s and 1980s, he performed regularly with the L. A. Four. Shank ultimately abandoned the flute to focus exclusively on playing jazz on the alto saxophone. He also recorded on tenor and baritone sax. His most famous recording is probably the version of Harlem Nocturne used as the theme song in Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer. He is also well known for the alto flute solo on the song “California Dreamin'” recorded by The Mamas & the Papas in 1965.

Bud ShankDouglas Clare Fischer (October 22, 1928 – January 26, 2012) was an American keyboardist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. After graduating from Michigan State University (from which, five decades later, he would receive an honorary doctorate), he became the pianist and arranger for the vocal group the Hi-Lo’s in the late 1950s. Fischer went on to work with Donald Byrd and Dizzy Gillespie, and became known for his Latin and bossa nova recordings in the 1960s. He composed the Latin jazz standard “Morning”, and the jazz standard “Pensativa”. Consistently cited by jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock as a major influence (“I wouldn’t be me without Clare Fischer”[3]), he was nominated for eleven Grammy Awards during his lifetime, winning for his landmark album, 2+2 (1981), the first of Fischer’s records to incorporate the vocal ensemble writing developed during his Hi-Lo’s days into his already sizable Latin jazz discography; it was also the first recorded installment in Fischer’s three-decade-long collaboration with his son Brent. Fischer was also a posthumous Grammy winner for ¡Ritmo! (2012) and for Music for Strings, Percussion and the Rest (2013).

Beginning in the early 1970s, Brent Fischer embarked on a parallel (and far more lucrative) career, eventually becoming a much sought-after arranger, providing orchestral “sweeteners” for pop and R&B artists such as Rufus (with Chaka Khan), Prince Clare Fischer(a regular client from 1984 onwards, and by far Fischer’s most frequent in pop music), Robert Palmer, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Elvis Costello & The Roots, D’Angelo song Really Love from the album Black Messiah Grammy-winner (2016) for best R&B album, Sheila E, and many others. (by wikipedia)

And Bossa Nova Jazz Samba is an album by voth musicians released on the Pacific Jazz label.

This is a superb collaboration from 1962 …  With a breathy sax, lively and present piano, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the finest sounding jazz records you’ve heard
A wonderful Bossa Nova classic that shows you just how lovely this music can sound …

In other words: A forgotten masterpeiece !


Clare Fischer (piano)
Ralph Pena (bass)
Bud Shank (saxophone)
Larry Bunker – Frank Guerrero – Milt Holland – Bob Neel


01. Samba da Borboleta 3.36
02. Illusao 3.24
03. Pensativa 3.32
04. Joao 3.58
05. Misty 2.39
06. Que Mais? 4.00
07. Wistful Samba 4.19
08. Samba Guapo 4.27

Music composed by Claire Fisher,
except 05, which was composed by Erroll Garner