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Bob Gluck

Pianist Bob Gluck is a pianist and writer whose repertoire spans jazz, live electronic music, and avant-garde concert music. Karl Ackermann (All About Jazz) wrote: “As a composer and player, Gluck ranks with the likes of Andrew Hill and Cecil Taylor… [his 2011 FMR CD with Michael Bisio and Dean Sharp] “Something Quiet” is completely original, artistically spontaneous, and intellectually challenging.” Jazz Review describes his subsequent FMR recording “Returning” as displaying “an intensity and sensitivity that is spellbinding.”

The latest of Gluck's nine recordings are “Infinite Spirit: Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band” (FMR, 2016; with Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson, and Christopher Dean Sullivan), and two sets of duets with, respectively, fellow pianist Aruan Ortiz (”Textures and Pulsations,” 2012) and saxophonist Andrew Sterman (”Tropelets,” 2014), both on Ictus Records.

Gluck is author of two books published by University of Chicago Press, “You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band” (2012) and “The Miles Davis ‘Lost’ Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles” (2016). A revised Italian edition “Il Quintetto perduto e altre rivoluzioni” (Miles Davis, the Lost Quintet and other revolutions) was released by Quodlibet Chorus in November 2020.

Gluck’s collaborators have included Eddie Allen, Michael Bisio, Jane Ira Bloom, Billy Hart, Christopher Dean Sullivan, Ken Filiano, Joe Giardullo, Eddie Henderson, Karl Latham, Ras Moshe Burnett, Warren Smith, Aruan Ortiz, Neil Rolnick, Dean Sharp, Andrew Sterman, and Tani Tabbal.

Gear

Steinway M piano, Moog PianoBar, Moog Little Phatty, Roland and Studiologic keyboard controllers, Mac laptop with custom performance interfaces programmed with Max/MSP.


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Allan Kozinn, New York Times: “an accomplished jazz pianist. Mr. Gluck performed... with virtuosic fluidity.” Eric Lawrence (Chronogram): “an accomplished and passionate pianist in the most elusive tradition of avant-garde masters Cecil Taylor, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner, and Don Pullen.” Michael Bergman (Berkshire Advocate): “The remarkable wave of sound overcomes the consciousness of the listener transporting him or her to another place...” (about 'Stories Heard and Retold').

About ‘Something Quiet’ (FMR, 2011) with Joe Giardullo and Christopher Dean Sullivan: Karl Ackermann (All About Jazz): “As a composer and player, Gluck ranks with the likes of Andrew Hill and Cecil Taylor

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Albums

Early Morning Star

FMR Records
2020

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At This Time: Duets

Ictus Records
2017

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Infinite Spirit:...

FMR Records
2016

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Tropelets

Ictus Records
2014

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Textures and...

Ictus Records
2012

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Returning

FMR Records
2012

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Sleeping Giant

From: Infinite Spirit: Revisiting...
By Bob Gluck

By A Field

From: Returning
By Bob Gluck

Lifeline

From: Something Quiet
By Bob Gluck

Waterway

From: Sideways
By Bob Gluck

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