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Bucky Pizzarelli: 5 for Freddie: Bucky’s Tribute to Freddie Green

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Sure, this is a small-combo session, but Bucky Pizzarelli is nevertheless in a large-ensemble frame of mind here, one big-band veteran guitarist saluting another. A longtime admirer of Green’s work with the Basie band, Pizzarelli evokes the master’s touch with requisite adjustments and economy (favoring heavy strings and three-note chords in which two notes are sometimes muted) and by placing the emphasis on unwavering, lift-producing 4/4 rhythm.

Green devotees won’t be disappointed by the tunes Pizzarelli and his bandmates have chosen to perform-and, in some cases, unearth. Five were composed by the late guitarist, including the Basie favorite “Corner Pocket” and the comparatively obscure charmers “Down for Double,” “High Tide,” “Bustin’ Suds” and “Up in the Blues.”

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