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Bucky & John Pizzarelli


Arbors Records ARCD 19345




  1. Fred
  2. Polka Dots and Moon Beams
  3. Rose Room
  4. Midnight Sun
  5. A Sleepiní Bee
  6. At Sundown
  7. Iíll Remember April
  8. The Second Movement of Sonatina
  9. Darn That Dream
  10. Avalon
  11. Early Autumn
  12. Graham Avenue Stroll
  13. How Long Has This Been Going On
  14. The Way you Look Tonight
  15. Variations and Fugue No. 9 on La Folia

Bucky & John Pizzarelli - Electric Guitars

This is a really nice record, two expert jazz guitarists, Bucky (father) and John (son). Both are players much to be admired, Bucky has been around a long time, at one time he was a member of Benny Goodmanís Band, but his skills are undiminished and still in big demand.

I saw John with his Quartet at the San Javier Jazz Festival in 2005, where they stole the show. They are returning this year, I have tickets already and this year they have Harry Allen joining them as a guest. The sleeve tells us that Zoot Sims was a big favourite of both the Pizzarellis, so that bodes well because Harry is the same type of player as Zoot.

The choice of tunes is also excellent, A Sleepiní Bee is certainly one tune we donít hear often enough, but all the selections reflect a desire to play swinging compositions that make great vehicles for improvisations.

The two guitars combine well to give a feeling of completeness, without the need for further instrumentation. In his excellent sleeve note John tells a little about his family, it is a story of love and mutual admiration. It is an indication as to the kind of music we can expect from musicians comfortable with their environment and not bugged by hang-ups.

Bucky has a love of classical guitar playing and his skill in this field is amply demonstrated on tracks 8 & 15.

This record is ideal to sit and listen to in a comfortable chair and let itís warmth surround you!

Don Mather


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