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Vuckovich, Larry Trio / High Wall: Real Life Film Noir
Album:High Wall: Real Life Film Noir Collection:Jazz
Artist:Vuckovich, Larry Trio Added:06/2008
Label:Tetrachord Music 

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Add Date:2008-08-03 Pull Date:2008-10-05 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
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Reviewed 2008-08-03 
LARRY VUCKOVICH: High Wall
Tetrachord, 2008

MAINSTREAM JAZZ – A legendary San Francisco pianist; one of his very best CDs. All of Larry’s key influences are here: the tunes of bebop greats, Latin rhythms, Balkan harmonies, film noir romantic intrigue... but in the end, this is just straight-up classic jazz done right.

All tracks nice. Fo’s Picks: 1, 5, 8, 9, 10

1. 6:22 – hip 6/8 latin blues (think “Afro-Blue”), rolling with a tough-guy edge
2. 6:56 – bittersweet film theme, pretty but haunted: tender piano, calm rhythm
3. 6:10 – happy version of a bop classic: swings like crazy, everybody solos
4. 5:49 – funky li’l groove, catchy Crusaders tune glides smoothly
5. 6:43 – pretty original ballad, an elegant daydream evoking past glamour
6. 5:26 – well-known Russian folksong becomes an uptempo mambo
7. 4:38 – breezy early-60s bop with just a hint of bossa, flows easily
8. 5:48 – nifty, uptempo modern-bop with intriguing shadows
9. 5:59 – classical/jazz/flamenco hybrid: really digs in, fade-out, cool bass solo
10. 4:19 – sweet standard ballad, solo piano is gorgeous
11. 7:56 – live trio recording; minor-key blues chugs along
12. 7:52 – live quartet recording, Coltrane tune played with forceful elegance


[ Fo ] 3-Aug-08

Track Listing
1.Afro 6/8 Minor Blues 7.Lolita
2.High Wall 8.What's This?
3.Ow! 9.Concierto De Aranjuez
4.Put It Where You Want It 10.A Handful Of Stars
5.View From Telegraph Hill 11.Lester's Minor Blues
6.Gypsy Roma Mambo (Dark Eyes) 12.Locomotion