Somethin' Special

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
A veteran pianist deserving of wider recognition, Larry Vuckovich has spent several decades on the American jazz scene since leaving his native Yugoslavia for the U.S. in the early '50s. For the most part the songs on these 2011 sessions focus on bop and hard bop from the late '50s and early '60s, ranging from solo piano to trio, quartet, and quintet, featuring tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton on five selections. Vuckovich's working group includes tenor saxophonist Noel Jewkes, bassist Paul Keller, and drummer Chuck McPherson. Vuckovich's solo treatment of Thelonious Monk's "Pannonica" mixes glistening lines with jaunty bop, while his approach to Hoagy Carmichael's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
A veteran pianist deserving of wider recognition, Larry Vuckovich has spent several decades on the American jazz scene since leaving his native Yugoslavia for the U.S. in the early '50s. For the most part the songs on these 2011 sessions focus on bop and hard bop from the late '50s and early '60s, ranging from solo piano to trio, quartet, and quintet, featuring tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton on five selections. Vuckovich's working group includes tenor saxophonist Noel Jewkes, bassist Paul Keller, and drummer Chuck McPherson. Vuckovich's solo treatment of Thelonious Monk's "Pannonica" mixes glistening lines with jaunty bop, while his approach to Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" is lush with a few Tatum-inspired runs added for fun. Hamilton shares the spotlight with Jewkes for three songs. The robust twin tenor interpretation of Sonny Clark's "Somethin' Special" is a breezy take of an infectious blues with potent solos all around, with Hamilton's hard blowing contrasting with Jewkes' lighter but equally swinging approach, in which they both playfully exchange a tag from Bizet's Carmen. Keller steals the show with his intricate opening solo to "Comin' Home Baby," though the one-two punch of the tenor team energizes this favorite, with the leader's solo blending soul-jazz with a Brazilian air. The tenor men also devour Dexter Gordon's "Cheese Cake" with a delicious performance. Hamilton plays the sole tenor in a snappy rendition of Antonio Carlos Jobim's melancholy "How Insensitive" and the touching ballad "What Will I Tell My Heart," while Jewkes is featured in Horace Silver's infrequently recorded "Enchantment." Vuckovich contributed two fine originals as well. "Loving Linda" showcases Jewkes' impressive chops on soprano sax, a shimmering swinger with a Brazilian touch. The rhythm section tackles the pianist's driving "Zeljko's Blues" with gusto, featuring each of them individually in what should be a natural set-closer for Vuckovich. This CD easily lives up to its title with outstanding performances throughout the sessions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2011
  • Label: Tetrachord
  • EAN: 8018219157226
  • Catalog Number: 686
  • Sales rank: 130,296

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Somethin' Special (7:07)
  2. 2 Enchantment (6:24)
  3. 3 What Will I Tell My Heart? (7:16)
  4. 4 Comin' Home Baby (7:06)
  5. 5 Soultrane (8:52)
  6. 6 How Insensitive (6:05)
  7. 7 Pannonica (3:36)
  8. 8 Cheese Cake (9:07)
  9. 9 Loving Linda (6:45)
  10. 10 Zeljko's Blues (6:28)
  11. 11 Stardust (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry Vuckovich Primary Artist, Piano
Scott Hamilton Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Noel Jewkes Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Paul Keller Bass
Chuck McPherson Drums
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Sonny Clark Composer
Tadd Dameron Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Bob Dorough Composer
Dexter Gordon Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Larry Vuckovich Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Music Direction
Norman Gimbel Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Ben Tucker Composer
Herb Wong Liner Notes
Jeremy Goody Engineer, Mastering
Irving Gordon Composer
Peter Tinturin Composer
Sanna Craig Producer
Daniel U. Smith Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Christy Fitzpatrick Graphic Design
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