High Wall: Real Life Film Noir

High Wall: Real Life Film Noir

by Larry Vuckovich
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2008
Label:
Tetrachord
UPC:
0801821910222
catalogNumber:
685
Rank:
154716

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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
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Sanna Craig   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Thomas Conrad   Author

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