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On Richard Rodgers' Piano

by John Bucchino

Solo piano improvisational versions of Rodgers' songs on Rodgers' own Steinway.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Do Re Mi/ The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
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2. My Favorite Things
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2:50 album only
3. Isn't It Romantic
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3:44 album only
4. Edelweiss
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4:54 album only
5. My Romance
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4:06 album only
6. It Might As Well Be Spring
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5:27 album only
7. The Lady Is A Tramp
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2:36 album only
8. Where Or When
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4:14 album only
9. You Took Advantage Of Me
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2:46 album only
10. If I Loved You
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4:04 album only
11. My Funny Valentine
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12. Something Good
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Between May 12th and May 30th 2003, during a series of eight recording sessions, I played (and played with)
these marvelous songs, many of which were no doubt born on this very instrument. Since I play purely by ear and by instinct, none of these arrangements was written down or even (with the exception of the basic structure of "My Favorite Things") pre-meditated. We'd turn on the machines and for a couple of hours I'd call out one Rodgers title after another and improvise wildly different versions as the spirit moved me. Then came the task of deciding which version of each song to include. I chose those takes in which I felt I'd responded in the most intuitive and spontaneous way to the instrument itself. I also tended to choose those where the song was at least somewhat recognizable (though there is a dissonant, nearly 12-tone version of "If I Loved You" that was tempting...) What you hear are all single takes. There was no overdubbing, no editing of takes together for perfection's sake. This is exactly what happened in the moment in what turned out to be a deeply rewarding collaboration - a collaboration with Richard Rodgers' piano.


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Pat G

Absolutely great!
This CD is really great. I can't stop listening to it. I play it over and over again. I especially like the second cut, My Favorite Things. I really like what John does with this song. I also enjoy the sound of the piano.

john rogers


If CD's wear out then I'm in trouble because I've
listened to this constantly since receiving it. I
keep hearing new values so it keeps getting better!

Marc M

So different musical generations CAN communicate
Bucchino truly honors Rodgers, and doesn't just use his familiar melodies as a jumping-off point for his own ego. They're hardly predictable or obvious renditions, though -- he finds subtleties in the harmonies that even Rodgers, who was notoriously tough on anyone who tampered with what he wrote, probably would have loved. Wonderful background music -- we just played through it three times through dinner -- and even more revelatory the closer you listen. As good keyboard music should be.

a happy consumr

Loved the John Bucchino: On Richard Rodgers Piano and its escense of many of Rod

Sheila Dugan

I told John Bucchino that he was the reincarnated Brahms and I was right!
"If I Loved You" is priceless. Unbelievably expressively played by a man that obviously KNOWS what it means to be shy at the beginning of a love affair, and truly, deeply, passionately in love during it. Bravo, John Bucchino! The whole CD is a gorgeous work of art, and I was right on the money when I told you that you were indeed, the 21st century reincarnated Brahms. Gorgeous. Thank you for this brilliant music. Sheila Dugan

DJ Massello

Great sound with no editing
I enjoyed the music, the idea of Rogers piano, and the absence of editing -- gave it an honesty, a spontaneity

Shannon Runion

John Bucchino channels Richard Rodgers and you will LOVE it
John Bucchino has done it again. He will make you laugh, cry and SMILE with this fabulous interpretation of Richard Rodger's music, played on Richard Rodger's very own Steinway! This CD is PRICELESS. BUY IT NOW and you will be grateful.

Gloria Marvin

Awesome rendition of classic faves
I have this on my CD player right now. While I melt from the lusciousness of his renditions, I just ordered 10 more as gifts. Top drawer!!

Robert F. Scherma


This romantic rendering of Rodgers' music is just superb. It puts me into a revery and sometimes elicits imagery from my past that I have associated with a particular song. It's inspired and special. John is a fine musician and interprets Rodgers music splendidly. I'm curious, now, about his other albums. But, this album is a gift. Thank you, John.

Charles St. Ama

Soothing as a soft gentle rain.
The musicality of this CD is outstanding. I have played it after a stressful day at the office and the worries simply melt away. Refreshing, soothing, rejuvinating, etc....they all seem too shallow to describe this work.
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