Home » Jazz Musicians » Bob Gluck

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.


Tags

Album Review
Book Review
Album Review
Read more articles
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. The model for Something Quiet incorporates structure, power and the lack of restrictions... Something Quiet is completely original, artistically spontaneous, and intellectually challenging.” Doug Simpson (Audiofile Audition): “… a musical tapestry where anything can and often does happen… [Gluck’s] reharmonized version of Hancock’s “Dolphin Dance” … has a subtle shape that reinforces Hancock’s original objective while including chordal and melodic adaptations that deliver a distinct edge to Gluck’s translation. While Gluck is in the limelight most of the time, Sullivan supports with underpinned emotive interaction.” Bob Gish (Jazz Inside): “… the merger of feeling and melody, rhythm and sound… a partnership of resonance and vibration delivering to the fullest … enhanced by the sweetest of pulsing rhythms and cascading notes… road signs of timelessness.” Gregory Applegate Edwards (Grapplegate Music Review): “shows the subtle sensitivity of a pianist who has listened carefully to what's good in improvisational music today... Joe Giardullo... control, timbre, and phrasing of a master. Christopher Dean Sullivan brings in the bottom as a third line-creating voice... Put all that together and you get music that challenges your ears at the same time as it delivers musico-logical brilliance.”

Read more

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Early Morning Star

FMR Records
2020

buy

At This Time: Duets

Ictus Records
2017

buy

Infinite Spirit:...

FMR Records
2016

buy

Tropelets

Ictus Records
2014

buy

Textures and...

Ictus Records
2012

buy

Returning

FMR Records
2012

buy

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

Videos

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and includes upcoming jazz events near you.