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Bob Lark

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Bob Lark is a trumpet and flugelhorn player whose performances are especially notable for his lyrical style and fine tone. His harmonically oriented improvisations shift between aggressive and cool playng. In speaking of Lark, jazz icon Clark Terry says, "He's a very good trumpet player, a very good musician. He's paid his dues. Recently released on the Jazzed Media label is the CD recording Reunion, by Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band. The Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet, which includes prominent jazz artists Jim McNeely, Steve Gilmore and Bill Goodwin, has released three CD's on the Jazzed Media label. Bob's playing and writing are also featured on the compact disc recordings Until You (2003) and First Steps (1997) on the Hallway Records label. Bob Lark serves as the Chair of Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where he directs the university Jazz Ensemble, teaches jazz trumpet and courses in jazz pedagogy and jazz style

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Thick As Thieves

Label: Jazzed Media
Released: 2017
Track listing: Yardbird Suite; I Love You; First Steps; Rhythm-a-Ning; All the Things You Are; Winter’s Touch; Billie’s Bounce.

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News: Recording

Bob Lark and Phil Woods

Bob Lark and Phil Woods

By my count, trumpeter and flugelhornist Bob Lark and alto saxophonist Phil Woods have recorded six albums together prior to Woods' death in 2015. Their final collaboration, Thick as Thieves, recorded in 2009 at Chicago's Jazz Showcase, was just released. It's a solid swinger, despite my initial trepidation over the predictable song choices. What keeps the ...

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Article: Album Review

Bob Lark-Phil Woods Quintet: Thick As Thieves

Read "Thick As Thieves" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Remember the good old days when jazz groups came out swinging and took no prisoners until the battle had been won? Well, why settle for memories when you can lay your cares aside for an hour or so and groove to Thick as Thieves, the third and last album by the unrivaled and always-aggressive Bob Lark ...

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Article: Album Review

Tom Matta Big Band: Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed by Jack Bowers


What's in a name? After all, a big-band jazz album by any other name would sound the same. On the other hand, it should be pointed out that as the versatile Tom Matta has chosen the name Standards to define his second album as leader of the Chicago-based Tom Matta Big Band, only three of the ...

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Article: Album Review

Randy Brecker with the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble: Dearborn Station

Read "Dearborn Station" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Dearborn Station, the tenth album recorded by the superb DePaul University Jazz Ensemble at Joe Segal's legendary Jazz Showcase (in Chicago's historic Dearborn Station, hence the title), is another bright and rhythmic tour de force for director / trumpeter Bob Lark's intrepid undergrads and their special guest, trumpeter Randy Brecker, whose perceptive solos enhance the first ...

Album

Sweet Return

Label: Jazzed Media
Released: 2014
Track listing: Una Mas; Bye, Bye Blackbird; The Maids Of Cadiz; Take The 'A' Train; Rum Point; The Last Time I Saw Paris; A Narrow Path; The Peacocks; Old School; Just You, Just Me/Evidence.

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Article: Album Review

Bob Lark and His Alumni Big Band: Sweet Return

Read "Sweet Return" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As was the case two years ago (2012) with its first album, Reunion, trumpeter Bob Lark's Alumni Big Band on Sweet Return is comprised of musicians he has supervised in various groups during a long and eminent career that embodies more than twenty years as director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. Even so, ...

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Article: Album Review

Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band: Sweet Return

Read "Sweet Return" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Trumpeter/educator and big band leader Bob Lark, reunites his Alumni Big Band after their critically acclaimed debut Reunion (Jazzed Media 2012), produced some of the best Jazz orchestrations in the business. Sweet Return is the group's encore performance, their return engagement, their audacious follow up and another masterful stroke by leader Lark. This Alumni band is ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...


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