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Reunion With Jon Hendricks
     

Reunion With Jon Hendricks

by Larry Vuckovich
 
Piano maven Larry Vuckovich and scat-master Jon Hendricks first performed together in San Diego nearly 40 years ago, and now the two have come back together to rekindle the musical sparks they made so long ago. Joined by a bevy of the area’s finest, they have their way with tunes by some of the music’s giants -- Coltrane, Basie, “Bird,” James Moody, Lester Young --

Overview

Piano maven Larry Vuckovich and scat-master Jon Hendricks first performed together in San Diego nearly 40 years ago, and now the two have come back together to rekindle the musical sparks they made so long ago. Joined by a bevy of the area’s finest, they have their way with tunes by some of the music’s giants -- Coltrane, Basie, “Bird,” James Moody, Lester Young -- along with originals by the leaders and standards from the repertoire. The pianist’s assured technique and sense of swing are a perfect complement to the “bop” lyrics and wordless improvisations of Mr. Hendricks. Both men get a chance to shine; check Vuckovich’s solo feature on "Yesterdays" and Hendricks’s take on Miles’s muted trumpet sound from "Bye, Bye Blackbird."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This set can easily be divided in two. Six of the 14 selections feature the vocals of the great Jon Hendricks. Hendricks' voice was past its prime by the time he recorded these numbers with pianist Larry Vuckovich in 2001, but his mind and creative powers were still very sharp. Particularly notable are his versions of "Shorty Indigo" (trumpeter Harold "Shorty" Baker's recorded solo on "Mood Indigo") and "Bye Bye Blackbird." The latter has Hendricks singing his vocalese to Miles Davis' recorded solo before scatting a few choruses of his own. Some of the Hendricks tracks feature the tenors and other reeds of Noel Jewkes and Jules Broussard, who are also prominent on many of the other numbers. Trumpeter Allen Smith helps out on two songs, guitarist Josh Workman takes several solos, and six numbers have Latin percussionist John Santos and occasionally one other percussionist. Vuckovich, who takes "Yesterdays" as an unaccompanied piano solo, is in excellent form throughout this swing-oriented date. An added plus is bassist Nat Johnson's excellent vocal on "The Shadow of Your Smile." Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2004
Label:
Tetrachord
UPC:
0725543068224
catalogNumber:
682

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Vuckovich   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist
Jules Broussard   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Omar Clay   Drums
Jon Hendricks   Vocals
Noel Jewkes   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Harold Jones   Drums
John Santos   Bongos,Conga,Maracas
Orestes Vilató   Bongos,Timbales
Josh Workman   Guitar
Nat Johnson   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

James Moody   Composer
Larry Vuckovich   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Music Direction
Lester Young   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
David Belove   Cover Photo,Insert Photography
Michael Cogan   Engineer
John Coltrane   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Ted Grouya   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Paul Webster   Composer
Wesley Wilson   Composer
David Brambert   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
James Frazier   Engineer
Beverley Tharp   Cover Photo,Insert Photography
Sanna Craig   Executive Producer

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