Pianist Larry Vuckovich and friends provides a heartfelt tribute to Lester Young, Count Basie, and Charlie Parker.
This sextet sounds and swings like a big band, reminding me of Basie's Kansas City Seven. The two-tenor front of Jules Broussard and Noel Jewkes provides a riffing wall of sound that possesses a powerful momentum as Vuckovich steers his tribute group through chestnuts associated with Lester Young, Count Basie, and Charlie Parker. Inspired by Phil Schaap's WKCR (New York) tribute to Prez and Bird on their birthdays, Vuckovich assembled his Young At Heart Sextet. The repertoire is well known and well played here. Suffice it to say, this is a splendid disc that caters to the middle-of-the-road jazz listener. The originals, "Why Not" and "Lester People" are highlights of the genre. I warmly recommend this disc. There can never be too many recordings of this type of music.
Track Listing: Why Not; Blue And Sentimental; Jumpin' With Symphony Sid; She's Just My Side; Besame Macho; Sweet Lorraine; Jumpin' At The Woodside; The Man I Love; The Lady's In Love With You; Young At Heart; Ornithology; Sometimes I'm Happy; Lester People. (Total Time: 70:54) .
Personnel: Larry Vuckovich: Piano; Jules Broussard: Tenor And Alto Saxophones; Harold Jones, Dottie Dodgion: Drums; Noel Jewkes: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, And Flute; Josh Workman, Bob Basa: Guitar; Buca Necak, Nat Johnson: Bass; Louis Romero: Latin Percussion.
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.