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Larry Bunker

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Jazz drummer Larry Bunker, was an in demand jazz percussionist. He played with many of the jazz greats of the past century.American jazz drummer, vibraphonist, and percussionist, he also played timpani with the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra. Born in Long Beach, California, Bunker was a central figure on the West Coast jazz scene, one of a relative few who actually were from the region. In the 1950s and 1960s he appeared at Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and performed with Shorty Rogers and His Giants and others. At first he played primarily drums, but increasingly he focused on vibraphone and was later highly regarded for his playing of timpani and various percussion instruments. A dependable and in-demand studio drummer and vibist, Bunker achieved particular distinction by recording with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and many other jazz greats

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Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc One: Trialogues, Vol. 1. 1. Five; 2. Woody'N You [take 2]; 3. Young and Foolish; 4. Autumn Leaves; 5. How Deep Is the Ocean; 6. Sweet and Lovely; 7. Blue in Green; 8. How My Heart Sings; 9. Re: Person I Knew; 10. My Foolish Heart (live); 11. Waltz for Debby (live); 12. Gloria's Step (live); 13. My Man's Gone Now (live); 14. Swedish Pastry (live);


Disc Two: Trialogues, Vol. 2 1. Israel; 2. The Peacocks; 3. I Believe in You; 4. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town; 5. I Will Say Goodbye; 6. Turn Out the Stars (live); 7. Walkin' Up (live); 8. Very Early (live); 9. Minha (All Mine) (live); 10. My Romance (live); 11. Days of Wine and Roses (live); 12. The Touch of Your Lips (live); 13. Someday My Prince Will Come (live).
Disc Three: Monologues. 1. Peace Piece; 2. Danny Boy; 3. Make Someone Happy; 4. A Time for Love; 5. Waltz for Debby; 6. The Bad and the Beautiful; 7. N.Y.C.'s No Lark; 8. Emily; 9. Remembering the Rain; 10. I Loves You Porgy (live); 11. Letter to Evan (live); 12. Nardis (live).
Disc Four: Dialogues & Confluences. 1. My Funny Valentine; 2. A Face Without a Name; 3. The Touch of Your Lips (Vocal Version); 4. I Love You; 5. Up with the Lark (live); 6. Funkallero (live); 7. Who Cares?; 8. Body and Soul; 9. You and the Night and the Music; 10. Time Remembered; 11. Night and Day; 12. A Child is Born; 13. Peri's Scope.
Disc Five: Epilogue. 1. Sareen Jurer (live) 2. Sugar Plum (live); 3. The Two Lonely People (live); 4. T. T. T. (Twelve Tone Tune); (live); 5. Quiet Now (live) 6. Up with the Lark (live); 7. How Deep Is the Ocean (live); 8. Blue Serge (live); 9. Nardis (live).

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Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956 - 1980)

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: Trialogues, Vol. 1: Five: Woody’N You; Young And Foolish: Autumn Leaves; How Deep Is The Ocean; Sweet And Lovely; Blue In Green; How My Heart Sings; Re: Person I Knew; My Foolish Heart; Waltz For Debby; Gloria’s Step; My Man’s Gone Now; Swedish Pastry. CD2: Trialogues, Vol. 2: Israel; The Peacocks; I Believe In You; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town; I Will Say Goodbye; Turn Out The Stars; Walkin’ Up; Very Early; Minha (All Mine); My Romance: Days Of Wine And Roses; The Touch Of Your Lips; Someday My Prince Will Come. CD3: Monologues: Peace Piece; Danny Boy; Make Someone Happy; A Time For Love; Waltz For Debby: The Bad And The Beautiful; N.Y.C.’s No Lark; Emily: Remembering The Rain; I Loves You Porgy; Letter To Evan; Nardis. CD4: Dialogues & Confluences: My Funny Valentine; A Face Without A Name; The Touch Of Your Lips; I Love You; Up With The Lark; Funkallero; Who Cares?; Body And Soul; You And The Night And The Music; Time Remembered; Night And Day; A Child Is Born; Peri’s Scope. CD5: Epilogue: Sareen Jurer; Sugar Plum; The Two Lonely People; T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune); Quiet Now; Up With The Lark; How Deep Is The Ocean; Blue Serge; Nardis.

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News: Recording

Craft Recordings Celebrates The Legacy Of Bill Evans With First-Ever Career-Spanning Collection, Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980)

Craft Recordings Celebrates The Legacy Of Bill Evans  With First-Ever Career-Spanning Collection, Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980)

Craft Recordings proudly honors the pioneering jazz artist Bill Evans and his enduring musical contributions, with two new titles. The first—a deluxe, five-CD box set and digital album, titled Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980)—marks the first-ever career-spanning collection of music from the pianist, featuring over 60 tracks that spotlight Evans’ exceptional work ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Chet Baker: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Get Lost In

Read "Chet Baker: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Get Lost In" reviewed by Chris May


Chet Baker was born to a farmer's daughter and a hard-drinking, weed-smoking singer and guitarist in a Western Swing band in Yale, Oklahoma in 1929. Like many Okies, the family fared badly during the Great Depression but did a little better after moving to Glendale, California in 1939. Largely self-taught as a trumpeter, Baker honed his ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums

Read "Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz and the movies have a shared history stretching back almost a hundred years. The relationship came into its own in the US in the mid twentieth century. Elia Kazan's 1950 movie Panic In The Streets is an early example of how film makers used jazz-based soundtracks to enhance drama and atmosphere and create ambiances of ...

News: Interview

Gary Burton on Larry Bunker

Gary Burton on Larry Bunker

As one of Hollywood's most in-demand percussionists, Larry Bunker recorded hundreds of jazz and soundtrack albums. But always as a sideman. Remarkably, Bunker recorded just one album as a leader: Larry Bunker Quartette: Live at Shelly's Manne-Hole, in December 1963. Recorded first and then picked up by the Vault label in Los Angeles in 1965, the ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Beyond the Hubs While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Jazz on Film: Beat, Square & Cool

Read "Jazz on Film: Beat, Square & Cool" reviewed by Skip Heller


Again presenting eight film scores spread across five discs, packaged in a gorgeous box and enclosed with a beautifully illustrated and comprehensively notated booklet, the Moochin' About staff (who are also the force behind the excellent British magazine Jazzwise) have returned with their second installment of noir and near-noir jazz movie music. As with their previous ...

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News: Interview

Weekend Extra: Larry Bunker's Dream

Weekend Extra: Larry Bunker's Dream

Larry Bunker's versatile drumming, vibes playing and skill as an all-'round percussionist put him in demand by jazz players, symphony conductors, film and television studios, and singers. He worked with an array of artists that included Gerry Mulligan, Pierre Boulez, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Dizzy Gillespie, Gary Burton and Michael Tilson Thomas. In the mid-sixties, Bunker ...


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