Bud Shank: Bud Shank; Lanny Morgan, Andy Martin, Bob Florence, Roger Ingram.
Personnel: Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Brian Williams , Jack Nimitz, Keith Bishop, Lanny Morgan, Doug Webb (reeds); Dennis Farias, Ron Stout, Roger Ingram, Carl Saunders (trumpet); Charlie Morillas, Mike Barone, Andy Martin, Craig Gosnell (trombone); Christian Jacob, Bob Florence (piano); Kevin Kanner (drums).
Audio Mixer: Rod Nicas.
Liner Note Author: Herb Wong.
Recording information: LAX Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA (05/28/2005).
Photographer: Stuart Alden.
Arrangers: Bud Shank; Bob Florence; Mike Barone; Manny Albam; Bob Cooper.
Recorded live at one of the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's legendary four-day jazz convention/festivals, Taking the Long Way Home features altoist Bud Shank joined by a specially assembled big band. The arrangements are mostly by Mike Barone, Bob Cooper, Manny Albam, and Bob Florence with Shank being the main soloist throughout. Tenor saxophonist Doug Webb is prominent interacting with Shank on "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," trumpeter Carl Saunders has a heated spot on "Limes Away," and Florence plays piano on his lengthy "Taking the Long Way Home." Shank's warm alto solos, his verbal introductions of each selection, and the tightness and spirit of the band (despite only having one or two rehearsals) make this a real keeper. ~ Scott Yanow