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Larry Vuckovich: High Wall: Real Life Film Noir

Larry Vuckovich

Larry Vuckovich’s previous album, Street Scene, was a compelling musical autobiography, a loosely unified concept album whose most powerful recurrent theme was film noir. (Vuckovich relates his passion for the genre to his childhood experiences under Nazi and then Communist dictatorships in the former Yugoslavia.)

High Wall is billed as a “sequel” to Street Scene. Vuckovich continues to reveal that he is the most poetic jazz interpreter of film noir. The title track is an unknown minor masterpiece composed by Bronislaw Kaper for a 1947 film. Vuckovich crystallizes its 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.

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