Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2013 August 12 • Monday

The 279th Sountrack of the Week is Slippery When Wet, a surf film scored by Bud Shank.

It's a pleasant West Coast jazz record, all tunes played by Bud Shank on alto and flute accompanied by Billy Bean on guitar, Gary Peacock on bass and Chuck Flores on drums.'

There are occasional suggestions of standards in the tunes and the feel throughout is swinging and/or bluesy. It's interesting to hear Gary Peacock in this context. It's probably the most mainstream thing I've heard him play on. His performance is very strong.

Billy Bean's guitar playing is also very impressive. He's somebody you don't hear much about. The drummer, Chuck Flores, is also great. He reminds me of Shelly Manne.

Shank plays very well also, somewhere in between Sonny Stitt and Lee Konitz, I think.

It's a great record and fans of the late '50s West Coast jazz scene will love it.