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High Wall: Real Life Film Noir Album
by Larry Vuckovich

2008
12 Tracks
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High Wall: Real Life Film Noir Songs and Lyrics

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Afro 6/8 Minor Blues - Modern jazz musicians are at home in Afro 6/8 time. I was inspired by Coltrane's version of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue".

6:24

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High Wall - First jazz recording of composer Bronislaw Kaper gem from film noir High Wall. He also wrote Invitation and Green Dolphin St.

7:05

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Ow! - A tribute to the early '50s bebop era in San Francisco where I was lucky to hear live Dizzy, Miles, Bud performances.

6:12

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Put It Where You Want It - Jazz-funk-boogaloo rhythms with strong blues overtones were popular from the '60s onward, led by Joe Sample and the Crusaders.

5:50

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View from Telegraph Hill - Written for film noir festival, featuring House on Telegraph Hill, this ballad evokes beauty and mystery of '50s San Franciscio.

6:44

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Gypsy Roma Mambo - My arrangement of Dark Eyes, a trad. Russian gypsy song, with hot mambo rhythms & bebop lines, opening with percussive sounds.

5:25

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Lolita - This lively piece evokes the authentic bebop rhythms of its composer & my mentor, bebop master Barry Harris.

4:39

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What's This? - This is a melodic, contemporary, swinging, edgy piece based on What is this Thing Called Love chord changes.

5:48

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Concierto de Aranjuez - Solemn rubato opening moves into a lively 6/8 improvised rhythm with flamenco scales and fiery rhythmic exchanges.

6:04

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A Handful of Stars - This solo ballad evokes the melodic, harmonic, and lyrical beauty of the '30s and '40s,

4:21

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Lester's Minor Blues - Live bonus track from The Bach, a spirited tribute to Lester Young.

8:02

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Locomotion - Bonus live track from The Bach. I first heard this Coltrane song on his Blue Train LP; it has a blues pattern with added bridge.

7:57

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