Plays the Music of Irving Berlin (Except One)

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Veteran jazz pianist John Bunch has surrounded himself with standards and swing that showcase an elegant, understated style on his previous four recordings for the Arbors label. CD number five is a tribute to the classic American popular songwriter Irving Berlin, centered in a drummerless combo with unwavering guitarist Frank Vignola and younger yet experienced bassist John Webber. Half of the tracks feature peerless flutist Frank Wess, adding further depth to this stack of well-worn chestnuts. Bunch (age 87 at the time of this recording) has chosen familiar themes, but for the most part assigns Vignola and Wess the lion's share of melodic responsibilities. While ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Veteran jazz pianist John Bunch has surrounded himself with standards and swing that showcase an elegant, understated style on his previous four recordings for the Arbors label. CD number five is a tribute to the classic American popular songwriter Irving Berlin, centered in a drummerless combo with unwavering guitarist Frank Vignola and younger yet experienced bassist John Webber. Half of the tracks feature peerless flutist Frank Wess, adding further depth to this stack of well-worn chestnuts. Bunch (age 87 at the time of this recording) has chosen familiar themes, but for the most part assigns Vignola and Wess the lion's share of melodic responsibilities. While Bunch is laying back, he also allows the entire ensemble's lustrous sound to enfold around him -- a valuable asset. During the 3/4 introduction of the otherwise 4/4 "What'll I Do?," and especially the bluesy "Isn't This a Lovely Day?," you hear flowering melodies from the sparse voicings of Bunch. The trio collectively jams out on "Soft Lights and Sweet Music," while the pianist shines on the ballad "Better Luck Next Time." Otherwise it is the vibrato-laden flute of Wess that takes center stage, as on the vibrant and bouncy "How Deep Is the Ocean?," the spikier swing of "They Say It's Wonderful," and the hot dancing "Change Partners." He adopts a more atmospheric tone, contrasting the extant bop rhythms, during "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm." As much as others have been accorded more due in critics' polls, Frank Wess remains one of the all-time great jazz flute players. Vignola is also no slouch, showing virtuous patience on the lone non-Berlin composition, "Coquette," following Webber's lead line for "The Best Thing for You," and going for a second chorus on the cute tune "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket." You'd be hard-pressed to find anything lackluster on this pleasing album of pure delight, unflagging swing, and excellent mainstream jazz, led by one of the true unsung heroes of American music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941137620
  • Catalog Number: 19376
  • Sales rank: 200,161

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soft Lights and Sweet Music - John Bunch Trio (6:47)
  2. 2 Coquette - John Bunch Trio (5:31)
  3. 3 How Deep Is the Ocean? - John Bunch Trio (7:30)
  4. 4 What'll I Do? - John Bunch Trio (5:55)
  5. 5 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - John Bunch Trio (4:47)
  6. 6 The Best Thing for You - John Bunch Trio (5:27)
  7. 7 Isn't This a Lovely Day? - John Bunch Trio (5:32)
  8. 8 I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket - John Bunch Trio (6:11)
  9. 9 They Say It's Wonderful - John Bunch Trio (7:13)
  10. 10 All by Myself - John Bunch Trio (5:50)
  11. 11 Better Luck Next Time - John Bunch Trio (4:36)
  12. 12 Change Partners - John Bunch Trio (5:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Bunch Primary Artist, Piano, Group Member
Frank Vignola Guitar, Group Member
John Webber Bass, Group Member
Frank Wess Flute, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
John Bunch Producer, Audio Production
Jim Czak Engineer, Mastering
Gus Kahn Composer
Jay Leonhart Liner Notes
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Alan Nahigian Cover Photo
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Luke Melton Cover Design
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