Eternal Licks and Grooves

Eternal Licks and Grooves

by Bob FlorenceBob Florence


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Bob Florence has built a reputation as a solid arranger and composer who has amassed quite a discography that extended nearly a half-century by the time this studio recording was made in the spring of 2006. Leading an all-star West Coast-based big band sprinkled with a few guest soloists, the pianist starts things off with his imaginative "Eternal Licks & Grooves," an IAJE-commissioned work saluting Count Basie that utilizes a repeated lick from Basie's "One O'Clock Jump" but not in a traditional swing setting. Claude Debussy's French Impressionist work "Claire de Lune" seems like a brand new composition after Florence applies his master strokes on the charts for his band, transforming it from a quiet ballad to an upbeat cooker. Branislaw Kaper's "Invitation" is a favorite of singers and instrumentalists alike, typically played in a bossa nova setting; Florence's approach is more reserved, gaining steam gradually and providing an excellent solo showcase for tenor saxophonist Jeff Driskill and trumpeter Steve Huffsteter. Finally, "Appearing in Cleveland" serves as a finale, saluting bandleader Stan Kenton and incorporating several of his most famous compositions in aFlorence's imaginative extended suite. Highly recommended! This CD was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy award as Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2007
Label: Mama Records
UPC: 0734956103026
catalogNumber: 1030
Rank: 203542

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Florence   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist
Peter Erskine   Drums,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Kim Richmond   Alto,Clarinet,Soprano,Woodwind,Soloist
Scott Whitfield   Trombone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Bob Carr   Baritone,Woodwind,Soloist,E-flat Clarinet
Jeff Driskill   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
Trey Henry   Bass,Soloist
Larry Koonse   Guitar,Soloist
Charles Loper   Trombone
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bob McChesney   Trombone,Soloist
Tom Peterson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
Carl Saunders   Trumpet,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Ron Stout   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Billy Kerr   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
Lee Thornberg   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve Huffsteter   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Alexander Isles   Trombone,Soloist
Don Shelton   Alto,Clarinet,Soprano,Woodwind,Soloist
Pete DeSiena   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Craig Gosnell   Bass Trombone

Technical Credits

Bob Florence   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Claude Debussy   Composer
Ken Poston   Liner Notes,Author

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