Larry Vuckovich Hits #2 on Swiss National Radio Jazz Popularity Poll
Swiss National Radio jazz listeners voted Larry Vuckovich’s Beyond Category music at #2 on it’s Popularity Poll for the week of October 13–20, 2010. The highly creative, versatile jazz pianist placed just behind the fans’ #1 favorite, the renowned Jeff Hamilton Trio. Click here to see the poll!
Somethin' Special has reached the #3 spot on the 'JazzWeek' radio
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Somethin' Special has reached the #1 spot on Clifford Brown Jr’s American Jazz Countdown
Somethin' Special has reached the #1 spot on Bob Parlocha’s Bob’s Top 40 New Releases (275 station syndicated show)
I don’t often review music when it doesn’t directly relate to movies, but a few years ago I did write about jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich’s film noir-inspired CDs, which I highly recommend. Larry recently sent me his latest CD, Somethin’ Special (Tetrachord Music) and while it isn’t based on a movie theme, it contains such tasty mainstream jazz I want to spread the word about it. Larry’s East Coast-based rhythm section is joined by tenor man Noel Jewkes and that superb saxophonist Scott Hamilton.
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Movies. Read movie critic Leonard Maltin’s review of Somethin’ Special
San Francisco pianist Larry Vuckovich has been an accompanist, bandleader and world-jazz pioneer over seven decades. His latest album "Somethin' Special" is exactly that, according to jazz critic Andrew Gilbert.
“His playing sparkles with understated wit …. He’s telling a story …. It’s the work of a master.” Andrew Gilbert, columnist for San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Jazz Times, Down Beat.
- The California Report - Listen to jazz critic Andy Gilbert’s NPR/KQED The California Report: Audio Review radio
“Great new release. Great selection of tunes…your interpretations and playing are the ABSOLUTE as always.”
-Gary Walker, WBGO Jazz Radio
Music Director Gary Vercelli of Sacramento Jazz Station KXJZ, listed Somethin’ Special as its “Excellence in Jazz” selection for the week of September 5, 2011 - View "Excellence in Jazz" Selection of The Week - PDF
This CD easily lives up to its title with outstanding performances throughout the sessions." “…Pannonica mixes glistening lines with jaunty bop.” “…Stardust is lush with a few Tatum – inspired runs
-AllMusicGuide.com 4 ½ Stars - Ken Dryden
" I think it kills."
-Eighty-Eights column, JazzTimes (complete review to follow soon)
“Somethin' Special is a lovely album, beautifully performed. Vuckovich has selected a set of tunes that includes some unjustly unfamiliar numbers, and Hamilton and Jewkes add grace and sensitivity to the excellent playing of the central trio.”
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High Wall: Real Life Film Noir
High Wall (MGM film theme by Bronislaw Kaper - premier jazz recording)
High Wall has reached the #8 spot on the 'JazzWeek' radio
"Vuckovich continues to reveal that he is the most poetic
interpreter of film noir. The title track is an unknown minor
masterpiece composed by Branislav Kaper for a 1947 film. Vuckovich
crystallizes it's ambivalent melancholy. His own "View From Telegraph Hill,"
commissioned for a film noir festival, is a mystery of brightness and shadow.
The lush, archaic 1940 romanticism of Jack Lawrence's "A Handful of Stars,"
in a luminous solo piano unfolding, beautifully belongs."
-Eighty-Eights column, JazzTimes
Read movie critic Leonard Maltin's reviews of High Wall and Street Scene.
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any discussion of the best jazz piano players in the world
must now include Larry Vuckovich!"
-Brad Stone - Music Director
and on-air host KSJS - San Jose, CA
4 1/2 Stars -Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
MONSTER of a player who should be much more well known.
(High Wall: Real Life Film Noir) is one of his best
recordings to date."
-Gary Walker - Music Director
and Morning Host of WBGO NJ/NYC
More High Wall: Real Life Film Noir reviews
Street Scene has reached the #1
Spot on XM Satellite Radio.
Street Scene has reached the #10 spot on the 'JazzWeek' radio charts.
"...a pianist whose evocative touch and
poetic (but unsentimental) sensibility convey the wisdom of
deep musical life experience"
-Thomas Conrad, Jazztimes.com
“… he creates an earthy post-bop style of richly varied improvisational expression.”
- Jazz Podium (Germany)
true musician's musician...originality, elegance, dexterity and most of
all...great sense of swing, time, space and phrasing. For those who are
keen on a superior jazz trio, Street Scene is highly recommended."
-Gilbert Mathieu, Jazz Improv
"Larry's creative flow is always purely of the present
moment...a true delight for the ears, heart and mind."
-Pianist, Benny Green
"A beautiful CD...Larry's vision and
musicality come at you from a slightly different angle."
-Alto saxophonist, Charles
More Street Scene reviews
Blue Balkan: Then & Now
Included in Gary Giddins' "Best Jazz
CDs of 2002" list, Village Voice.
"Drawing from his ethnic
background as well as his blues roots, pianist Larry Vuckovich makes a
warm and rich statement with Blue Balkan."
4 1/2 Stars
--Down Beat, October 1981
"most convincing, most intergrated combinations ever of ethnic music
and straight ahead Jazz."
--Cadence, June 1981
"...ahead of its
time...intriguing, fresh-sounding jazz...."
--Cadence, June 2002
"Vuckovich has mixed his idioms with skill and is aided in no small
measure by Bobby Hutcherson on marimba and vibes, Erik Golub on viola
Feather, L.A. Times 1981
"Prefiguring the much-lauded
work of Dave Douglas and even John Zorn ... modern
context ... angular, cubist, post-bop compositions ... the
gypsy-style melodies, authentically believeable on their own work
Collar, AllMusicGuide.com 2002
"hailed for its diverse talent and global
influences ... re-released with new music ... global jam session ...
Vuckovich can swing hard ... killer blues"
--Mark F. Turner, Allaboutjazz.com 2002
House pianist Larry Vuckovich and trio are featured on this CD during
a special live recording from 1979, with "Cleanhead" Vinson. AMG