Blue Balkan: Then & Now

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Pianist Larry Vuckovich revisits his landmark 1980 recording on this combined reissue and new release. Prefiguring the much-lauded work of Dave Douglas and the Tiny Bell Trio, guitarist Brad Shepik, and even John Zorn, the Yugoslavian-born Vuckovich combines the ethnic melodies and rhythms from his native Balkans with modal jazz. Never as avant-garde as his contemporaries, Vuckovich nonetheless pushes the boundaries of both jazz and folk styles. The original tracks featured the brilliant vibe playing of Bobby Hutcherson, who unfortunately does not reprise his role on the four new pieces. Nonetheless, with the adroit violinist Eric Golub returning and the capable hands of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Pianist Larry Vuckovich revisits his landmark 1980 recording on this combined reissue and new release. Prefiguring the much-lauded work of Dave Douglas and the Tiny Bell Trio, guitarist Brad Shepik, and even John Zorn, the Yugoslavian-born Vuckovich combines the ethnic melodies and rhythms from his native Balkans with modal jazz. Never as avant-garde as his contemporaries, Vuckovich nonetheless pushes the boundaries of both jazz and folk styles. The original tracks featured the brilliant vibe playing of Bobby Hutcherson, who unfortunately does not reprise his role on the four new pieces. Nonetheless, with the adroit violinist Eric Golub returning and the capable hands of Tommy Kesecker replacing Hutcherson on marimba, the new tracks on Blue Balkan are superb additions that set this album securely in a modern context. Taken as a whole, these are angular, cubist, post-bop compositions reminiscent of late-'60s McCoy Tyner and John Coltrane. The gypsy-style melodies, authentically believable on their own, work effortlessly with the modal underpinning of Vuckovich's writing, making for an edgy and often incendiary listen. A forgotten connection to world music, fans of Dizzy Gillespie's Latin jazz forays and even the downtown New York Knitting Factory scene would do well to check this out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • Label: Tetrachord
  • UPC: 725543068125
  • Catalog Number: 681
  • Sales rank: 256,149

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Serbo Samba - Tommy Kesecker (5:50)
  2. 2 Blue Balkan (8:46)
  3. 3 Suite Sanna (Struttin'/Dance/Beboppin') - Eddie Marshall (8:40)
  4. 4 Belgrade Blues (6:55)
  5. 5 After Hours (4:07)
  6. 6 Larry's Dance (6:06)
  7. 7 Loving Linda (5:11)
  8. 8 Adriatic Nights - Tommy Kesecker (6:03)
  9. 9 Motherless Child/O Javore (3:55)
  10. 10 Changes - Eddie Marshall (4:29)
  11. 11 In Your Own Sweet Way (6:14)
  12. 12 Mediterranean Nights - Eric Golub (3:53)
  13. 13 O Javore (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry Vuckovich Primary Artist, Piano
John Heard Acoustic Bass
Eddie Marshall Drums
Paul Breslin Acoustic Bass
Jeff Chambers Acoustic Bass
Vince Delgado Percussion
Eric Golub Violin, Viola
Bobby Hutcherson Marimbas, Vibes
Eddie Moore Drums
Tommy Kesecker Marimbas
Technical Credits
Dave Brubeck Composer
Larry Vuckovich Arranger, Executive Producer
Steve Atkins Engineer
David Benoit Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Phil Edwards Engineer, Remastering
Herb Wong Liner Notes
Sanna Craig Executive Producer
Mark Gordon Composer
Russ Freeman Composer
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