Blues For Red
Blues For Red was fun and a creative session combining excellent musicians from Europe and the US. It was recorded for a London label, Hothouse Records, as an LP. Alun Morgan, one of the top and most respected British jazz critics, gave it an excellent review. Alto saxophonist Charles McPherson was then and still is, the leading voice on the alto. Serbian trumpeter Dusko Goykovich, still active today, is one of the first jazz players in Europe to play bebop style on that instrument, including collaborations with the American expatriate greats, Oscar Pettiford and Kenny Clarke. Bassist Larry Grenadier made his recording debut as a 17-year-old very mature young man. Pianist/leader Larry Vuckovich contributed two originals, including Balkan flavored, Mostar Bridge and the title track, Blues For Red, paying homage to the great Red Garland. Larry has performed with such greats as Dexter Gordon, Jon Hendricks, Philly Joe Jones, Mel Torme, Bobby Hutcherson – just to name a few. Veteran drummer Eddie Marshall completed the band, playing his fresh, high energy contemporary style of drumming. Big thanks are in order to another fellow Serbian, Marko Duchich, a true jazz lover who produced the CD and comes from the city of Trebinje, a part of today's Bosnia – Herzegovina.
Photos by Brian McMillen