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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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Tales: Live in Copenhagen (1964)

Label: Elemental Music
Released: 2024
Track listing: Waltz for Debby; My Foolish Heart; How My Heart Sings; Sweet and Lovely; I Didn't Know What Time it Was; Five; My Foolish Heart #2; How My Heart Sings #2; Sweet and Lovely; Five#2 'Round Midnight.

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Duos With Jim Hall & Trios '64 & '65 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD1: My Funny Valentine; I Hear A Rhapsody; Dream Gypsy; Romain; Skating In Central Park; Darn That Dream; Little Lulu; A Sleeping Bee; Always; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town; I'll See You Again; For Heavens Sake; Dancing In The Dark; Everything Happens To Me. CD2: Israel; Elsa; Round Midnight; Our Love Is Here To Stay; How My Heart Sings; Who Can I Turn To?; Come Rain Or Come Shine; If You Could See Me Now; I've Got You Under My Skin; My Man's Gone Now; Turn Out The Stars; Angel Face; Jazz Samba; All Across The City.

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Article: Album Review

Bill Evans: Tales: Live in Copenhagen (1964)

Read "Tales: Live in Copenhagen (1964)" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Maybe it is and maybe it isn't as historical in scope as some of the previous ten archival Bill Evans releases from that master of jazz discovery, Zev Feldman, and Evans' estate, but Tales: Live in Copenhagen (1964) is sure fire proof you got nothing but the best on any given night at any given gig ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day Black Friday 2023: Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day Black Friday 2023: Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


For many, Black Friday conjures up images of massive crowds battling each other to get their hands on marked down gift items at huge department stores. For record collectors, though, the scene is much less dramatic because Black Friday is one of two yearly Record Store Day drops. This is where limited run albums hit the ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Bill Evans: Ten Essential Sideman Albums

Read "Bill Evans: Ten Essential Sideman Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Bill Evans attracts a special sort of fan. Clinically obsessive is a reasonable description. While far from undiscerning, we find something, usually plenty, to enjoy in every record Evans played on. And we want them all in our collection. Evans' hardcore fans include practically every musician who played with him. Eddie Gomez, his ...

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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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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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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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