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Bob Florence is known primarily as a bandleader, composer/arranger, and jazz educator, so his occasional solo piano dates are an added bonus. During this session, he salutes various musicians and singers with whom he has worked, along with a number of composers or players whose work he appreciates. Florence segues from one song (or a medley of songs) to the next by utilizing interludes improvised from excerpts of "Just Friends" and "Wind Beneath My Wings," resulting in a stunning, beautiful suite. Florence wrote and performed the haunting "My Sunshine Connection" for trumpeter Ingrid Jensen's wedding, while his original "Jools" (a marvelous, lush ballad honoring Julie Andrews, who Florence accompanied on a number of tours) is combined in a medley with a dreamy interpretation of "Come Rain or Come Shine." The pairing of Bronislaw Kaper's "Invitation" and "On Green Dolphin Street" within a medley is a bit unusual, but even more so are Florence's slow, introspective arrangements of these pieces. At times, his scoring of "Invitation" seems to show the influence of Erik Satie, while he eschews the rapid-fire tempos preferred by many pianists for "On Green Dolphin Street." This beautifully crafted recording is easily one of Bob Florence's greatest achievements.


Born: 20 May 1932 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

As a longtime staff arranger for Liberty Records, Bob Florence wrote some of the most innovative and challenging charts in postwar jazz -- in many respects a man out of time, he possessed a particular brilliance for large-ensemble arrangements in the tradition of Duke Ellington, although the commercial vogue for big-band jazz had long since passed. Born May 30, 1932, in Los Angeles, Florence was a child prodigy who took his first piano lesson at the age of three. He abandoned classical studies in...
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 09 August 2005

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