High Wall: Real Life Film Noir

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
San Francisco-based pianist Larry Vuckovich has in recent times paid tribute to his Balkan heritage he was born in Yugoslavia although he has lived in California since 1951 and the swing revival movement. High Wall, which is subtitled Real Life Film Noir, mostly focuses on bebop even though the repertoire is much more diverse. Mostly featuring his trio/quartet, with percussionist Hector Lugo on seven of the dozen selections, and Vince Delgado making guest appearances on two, the focus is primarily on the pianist. On a program that includes his "Afro 6/8 Minor Blues," the premiere recording of film composer's Bronislaw Kaper's "High Wall," Joe Sample's "Put It Where You Want...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
San Francisco-based pianist Larry Vuckovich has in recent times paid tribute to his Balkan heritage he was born in Yugoslavia although he has lived in California since 1951 and the swing revival movement. High Wall, which is subtitled Real Life Film Noir, mostly focuses on bebop even though the repertoire is much more diverse. Mostly featuring his trio/quartet, with percussionist Hector Lugo on seven of the dozen selections, and Vince Delgado making guest appearances on two, the focus is primarily on the pianist. On a program that includes his "Afro 6/8 Minor Blues," the premiere recording of film composer's Bronislaw Kaper's "High Wall," Joe Sample's "Put It Where You Want It," and a tribute to Lester Young "Lester's Minor Blues", Vuckovich brings back the spirit and style of bebop. Some of the music is a bit dark, in keeping with the film noir image, but it also has a determinably joyful spirit that makes the performances difficult to resist. Whether it is Dizzy Gillespie's "Ow," Barry Harris' obscure "Lolita," or Vuckovich's solo piano rendition of "A Handful of Stars," High Wall is of strong interest from start to finish. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2008
  • Label: Tetrachord
  • UPC: 801821910222
  • Catalog Number: 685
  • Sales rank: 266,476

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry Vuckovich Primary Artist, Piano
Eddie Marshall Drums
Vince Delgado Percussion, Bongos, Tabla, Doumbek
Larry Grenadier Bass
Paul Keller Bass, Drums
Hector Lugo Percussion, Bongos, Conga
Chuck McPherson Drums
Technical Credits
Joaquín Rodrigo Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Barry Harris Composer
Joe Sample Composer
Larry Vuckovich Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Michael Cogan Engineer
John Coltrane Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Jeremy Goody Engineer
Michael Romanowski Mastering
Ted Shapiro Composer
Traditional Composer
Sanna Craig Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Thomas Conrad Author
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