Pianist Larry Vuckovich made his recording debut as a leader with Blue Balkan (Inner City Records, 1980), although his playing career began in the '50s, after he arrived in the United States from his native Yugoslavia as a teenager. His recorded output as a leader has been relatively sparse--around a dozen albums--but he's carved out a successful career as a sideman, most notably in a 25-year relationship with singer Jon Hendricks. On Somethin' Special, Vuckovich and his regular East Coast rhythm section of bassist Paul Keller and drummer Chuck McPherson are joined by saxophonists Scott Hamilton and ...read more
Larry Vuckovich's Euro Trash BandDouglas Beach HouseHalf Moon Bay, CASept. 6, 2009 World renowned pianist Larry Vuckovich (of Montenegro), bassist Buca Necak (Serbia), drummer Paul Van Wageningen (Holland), Latin percussionist Hector Lugo (Puerto Rico), and featured vocalist Valeriana Quevedo (USA) gathered at the Douglas Beach House on a Sunday afternoon as Vuckovich's Euro Trash Band. Trash they were not but they did bring to the Beach House variations on an international theme. Before his opening tune, Vuckovich said, After traveling the world from venue after venue, this is the finest ...read more
Sequels are all too common in movies--so much so that rather than have distinctive titles, many simply add a sequential number to the original name. In music, however, a thematic sequel is rare. But the Larry Vuckovich Trio attempts to capitalize on the acclaimed Street Scene (Tetrachord, 2006) with High Wall: Real Life Film Noir. Vuckovich is a native of Kotor, Yugoslavia, who came to the United States at a time when jazz was one of the most popular forms of music. Classically trained, Vuckovich has associated with such notable artists as Lester Young, Slide Hampton, and Dexter ...read more
Larry Vuckovich hasn't been recorded nearly often enough as a leader since his 1980 Inner City debut Blue Balkan, though the Balkan native's Street Scene is clearly one of his finest efforts. Although he had been using horns on recent projects, Vuckovich decided to put more focus on the piano, opting for what is primarily a trio date with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Akira Tana. Vuckovich takes a fresh look at several overlooked gems. His approach to the late pianist Sonny Clark's blues, News For Lulu, adds an infectious Latin introduction to the swaggering hard bop ...read more
From the vibrant history of New York's 52nd Street to the spirited boulevard performance of a New Orleans marching band, the street sounds of jazz have been a celebration of life. This heartfelt exuberance can also be heard on this release by West Coast pianist Larry Vuckovich. With an impressive musical career that has flourished since coming to San Francisco in 1951, Vuckovich has performed with countless artists and has produced a number of noteworthy releases, including Reunion (Tetrachord Music, 2004), with jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks. Street Scenes finds the veteran leader of large and small ensembles ...read more
Two venerable kings of swing, pianist Larry Vuckovich and vocalist Jon Hendricks, reunite on Vuckovich’s latest recording, Reunion. Vuckovich’s career began in 1959 with a Lester Young influenced tenor player Brew Moore, who was a notable saxophonist and friend of Charlie Parker. Vuckovich’s recent recordings Young at Heart and Blue Balkan: Then and Now prove his musical longevity. Jon Hendricks has been called the “Father of Vocalese” and a jazz vocal innovator who has performed with jazz greats Art Blakey, Count Basie, and Dave Brubeck. He has also recorded with and influenced younger jazz singers such as Bobby McFerrin, Al ...read more
The true test of good jazz is its ability to withstand time. Whether it's a decade or a millennium; good music is always refreshing and moving whenever heard. Jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich's recording Blue Balkan was recorded in 1980 and featured world inspired music with a stellar cast of musicians. Critically acclaimed, it was hailed for its diverse talent and global influences. It has recently been re-released with over thirty minutes of new music and still proves to be vibrant and true. Blue Balkan: Then and Now is a contrast of the old and the new that shows the talent ...read more
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