Eternal Licks and Grooves

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bob Florence has built a reputation as a solid arranger and composer who has amassed quite a discography that extended nearly a half-century by the time this studio recording was made in the spring of 2006. Leading an all-star West Coast-based big band sprinkled with a few guest soloists, the pianist starts things off with his imaginative "Eternal Licks & Grooves," an IAJE-commissioned work saluting Count Basie that utilizes a repeated lick from Basie's "One O'Clock Jump" but not in a traditional swing setting. Claude Debussy's French Impressionist work "Claire de Lune" seems like a brand new composition after Florence applies his master strokes on the charts for his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bob Florence has built a reputation as a solid arranger and composer who has amassed quite a discography that extended nearly a half-century by the time this studio recording was made in the spring of 2006. Leading an all-star West Coast-based big band sprinkled with a few guest soloists, the pianist starts things off with his imaginative "Eternal Licks & Grooves," an IAJE-commissioned work saluting Count Basie that utilizes a repeated lick from Basie's "One O'Clock Jump" but not in a traditional swing setting. Claude Debussy's French Impressionist work "Claire de Lune" seems like a brand new composition after Florence applies his master strokes on the charts for his band, transforming it from a quiet ballad to an upbeat cooker. Branislaw Kaper's "Invitation" is a favorite of singers and instrumentalists alike, typically played in a bossa nova setting; Florence's approach is more reserved, gaining steam gradually and providing an excellent solo showcase for tenor saxophonist Jeff Driskill and trumpeter Steve Huffsteter. Finally, "Appearing in Cleveland" serves as a finale, saluting bandleader Stan Kenton and incorporating several of his most famous compositions in aFlorence's imaginative extended suite. Highly recommended! This CD was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy award as Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Mama Records
  • UPC: 734956103026
  • Catalog Number: 1030
  • Sales rank: 225,111

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Florence Primary Artist, Piano, Soloist
Peter Erskine Drums, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Kim Richmond Alto, Clarinet, Soprano, Woodwind, Soloist
Scott Whitfield Trombone, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Bob Carr Baritone, Woodwind, Soloist, E-flat Clarinet
Jeff Driskill Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind, Soloist
Trey Henry Bass, Soloist
Larry Koonse Guitar, Soloist
Charles Loper Trombone
Larry Lunetta Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bob McChesney Trombone, Soloist
Tom Peterson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind, Soloist
Carl Saunders Trumpet, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Ron Stout Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Billy Kerr Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Lee Thornberg Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steve Huffsteter Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Alexander Isles Trombone, Soloist
Don Shelton Alto, Clarinet, Soprano, Woodwind, Soloist
Pete DeSiena Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Craig Gosnell Bass Trombone
Technical Credits
Bob Florence Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Claude Debussy Composer
Ken Poston Liner Notes, Author
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