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CD Review: Larry Vuckovich - Something Special

Something Special is the perfect title for Larry Vuckovich new release. This is jazz played as it should be played, with conviction and ellegance. In Something Special Vuckovich surrounded himself with a group of excellent musicians, Paul Keller on bass, Chuck McPherson on drums, Noel Jewkes and Scott Hamilton sharing responsabilities on sax.

Scott Hamilton soulful style and tone on Sonny Clark "Something Special", "What will I tell my heart?", "How Insensitive" and "Cheese Cake" is thickened by the sounds of jazz greats like Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins.

Noel Jewkes adds his gorgeous tone and ellegant improvisations on "Soultrane" and the beautiful ballads "Enchantment", and "Loving Linda".

One of the highlights of the album is the arrangement of "Coming Home Baby" where Hamilton and Jewkes trade wonderful solos.

Larry Vuckovich goes solo with sublime versions of Thelonious Monk "Pannonica" and Hoagy Carnichael "Star Dust"

On "Zeljko's Blues" Larry change into a trio format, and swing hard with just piano, bass and drums.

Musicians: Larry Vuckovich - piano, Scott Hamilton - tenor saxophone, Noel Jewkes - tenor and soprano saxophone, Paul Keller - bass, Chuck McPherson - drums

Tracks: Something Special, Enchantment, What will I tell my heart?, Comin Home Baby, Soultrane, How Insensitive, Pannonica, Cheese Cake, Loving Linda, Zeijko's Blues, Stardust

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