An English Songbook

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • Label: Chiaroscuro Records
  • UPC: 091454037728
  • Catalog Number: 377
  • Sales rank: 178,960

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, Mastering
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