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Album Review

John Bunch, an excellent mainstream pianist, is heard on this CD at the peak of his form. It consists of a dozen Kurt Weill compositions interpreted solo by Bunch; highlights include "The Alabama Song," "My Ship," "This Is New," and "Speak Low." To fill out the CD, Bunch recorded five additional Weill songs in 1991 that did not appear on the original LP. Mixing together standards and complete obscurities (and surprisingly not including "Moritat," the famous "Mack the Knife" theme), Bunch also varied the moods and tempos. The results are quite memorable, with plenty of subtle creativity, one of John Bunch's finest recordings from a long career.

Biography

Born: 01 December 1921 in Tipton, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

John Bunch had a long and distinguished career even if his abilities as an accompanist and supportive player sometimes led to him being taken for granted. He started on piano when he was 11 and within a year was playing in local clubs. Bunch, a flexible pianist who was most inspired by Teddy Wilson, generally played locally until working with the big bands of Woody Herman (1956-1957), Benny Goodman, and Maynard Ferguson (1958) when he was already in his mid-thirties. Bunch worked in the small groups...
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