Bucky Pizzarelli


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Bucky Pizzarelli CDs are always a treat, and this 1995 studio date is no exception; the seven string guitarist is joined by his son John Pizzarelli (also a fine guitarist), plus veterans Lynn Seaton on bass and Bernard Purdie on drums. The opener is a gently swinging take of organist Wild Bill Davis' "Azure Te" (strangely credited to cornetist Wild Bill Davison instead), which also has some nice arco bass by Seaton. Purdie's rousing percussion drives the band on "Sing, Sing, Sing," and Seaton's scatting along with his bowed bass on "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Stompin' at the Savoy" is more reminiscent of Major Holley than Slam Stewart, as suggested by liner note writer Will Smith. Bucky & John Pizzarelli are featured in several duets: a lush treatment of the long overlooked "A Little World Called Home," a breezy run through "Pick Yourself Up," and a lovely medley of Sammy Cahn's "It's Been a Long, Long Time" and "Don't Take Your Love From Me." The leader is heard unaccompanied on "Willow Weep for Me," which acknowledges the influenced of the late Django Reinhardt. Even if Laserlight wasn't a budget label, this CD would still be highly recommended.

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