English Songbook

An English Songbook

by John Bunch
     
 
The distinguished veteran jazz pianist John Bunch may not be a name on the tip of the tongues of average jazz fans, but true fans of swing and standards will likely already be familiar with his work. This 2003 solo date for Chiaroscuro features Bunch interpreting 15 songs written over a 65-year span by British composers, and each song is handled with great respect to

Overview

The distinguished veteran jazz pianist John Bunch may not be a name on the tip of the tongues of average jazz fans, but true fans of swing and standards will likely already be familiar with his work. This 2003 solo date for Chiaroscuro features Bunch interpreting 15 songs written over a 65-year span by British composers, and each song is handled with great respect to the original melody while adding just the right touch of improvisation. Some of the songs are very familiar, including a lush "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," the relaxed but jaunty "Cherokee," and a gently swinging "The Touch of Your Lips." He also revives once popular (but now rarely performed) gems like "If I Had You," "Sunday," and "I Hadn't Anyone 'Til You." He also enlightens listeners with his arrangements of somewhat obscure pieces, such as Noel Coward's "Play Orchestra Play" and "Ziguener," along with the century-old "On the Road to Mandalay," all of which are also worthy of high praise. Every track is a pure delight for fans of solo piano.

Editorial Reviews

All About Jazz
Bunch’s mastery of the keyboards reminds one of the beautiful solo records John Lewis produced in the last few years of his life.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
Label:
Chiaroscuro Records
UPC:
0091454037728
catalogNumber:
377

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Bunch   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist

Technical Credits

Nick Drake   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Carroll Gibbons   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Lionel Bart   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Chester Cohn   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Benny Krueger   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Dan Morgenstern   Contributor
Anthony Newley   Composer
Hank O'Neal   Producer
Andrew Sordoni   Producer
Jule Styne   Composer
Brian Peerless   Liner Notes
Paul Bacon   Cover Design
Rudyard Kipling   Composer
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Manning Sherwin   Composer
Oley Speaks   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Chester Conn   Composer
James Dyrenforth   Composer
Ivor Novello   Composer
Derek Hathaway   Liner Notes
Bill Moss   Engineer

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