This fantastic 2004 2 CD set has Claude Bolling saying \"a superb performance by Laurel Zucker and the musicians!\"
An all-round terrific recording by fantastic jazz musicians - a must buy!!
This superb recording, was recorded, produced and mixed at the famed Skywalker Studio in San Rafael, California, by Leslie Ann Jones. Paul Stubblebine mastered this CD. The result is a world class recording!
\"3) CD and/or Download: Two New Recordings by Laurel Zucker. It must be nearing harvest time-we have another bountiful crop of delightful and tasty recordings from LAUREL ZUCKER who has out done herself this year with three outstanding discs including:
(a) The Claude Bolling Suites for Flute and Jazz Trio. Cantilena Records No. 66025-2, a two CD set available from Fluteworld.com, or you can download them directly from www.cdbaby.com for $25.00. (You can find all 26 of her fine recordings at this site.)
Zucker presents both the original 1973 Bolling Suite made so popular by Jean-Pierre Rampal and the composer as well as the 1987 sequel. Her versions are every bit as interesting and exciting as the older recordings-and even a bit more stylishly swinging and cool, with fresh improvisatory sections. (Laurel has strong roots in jazz, rock and pop styles: I urge you to check out her early recording \"Poetic Justice\" to hear her in a high-powered setting.)
As always, her performances are lyrical and soaring, the intonation flawless, and the rhythmic clean and driving. Laurel brings out the character of these pieces with a luxuriant tone, a singing and subtly expressive vibrato, and utterly liquid leaps. (Is there a modern melody as singing and expressive as the \"Sentimentale\" movement of the first suite!?!) This whole recording swings; and the piano solos and accompaniments by Joe Gilman are even more dynamic and inventive than the original version we have been accustomed to. The rhythm section with Jeff Neighbor on bass and David Rokeach on percussion are just as creative and supportive.
The second Bolling Suite is just as delicious as the first one and I hope more flutists will rise to the challenge and perform this interesting work. It is definitely more jazz-oriented and requires a good knowledge of jazz styles and familiarity with patterns and chord changes used by jazz players. In some ways, this later suite has more to recommend it, with a wider variety of moods, harmonies and character than the first. It maintains the original suite\'s ability to shift between baroque, classic, romantic and jazz styles but has even more pungent chords, expansive harmonies and inventive melodies with depth rather than the light-hearted cleverness of the first suite. The spectacular technical sections in the later suite are challenging and impressive -- and extremely well performed and interpreted by Zucker and Gilman. They run the changes and passage work with breathtaking surety and ease.\" THE FLUTE NETWORK August 1, 2004 J. Pritchard
Gramophone issue December 2007 states \"Zucker shapes everything with lovely gradations of timbre and nuance, and her phrasing keeps the ear mesmerised.\" Laurel Zucker is described by Gramophone Magazine 2003 \"as polished and gratifying as Rampal and Galway. Zucker\'s interpretations are splendid all round. Her tone is airy and sweet, her virtuosity graceful.\"
In 2004 Gramophone \"strongly recommended\" The Complete Telemann Fantasies for Flute and The Complete J.S. Bach Flute Sonatas on Cantilena Records describing her performances as \"intelligent, naturally phrased
and highly musical with a rich sound beyond reproach.\" In the August 2003 book, Inspirational Stories from the World\'s Best Flute Players, Laurel Zucker is featured along with James Galway, Herbie Mann, Ian Andersen, and Julius Baker. Fanfare Magazine refers to Ms. Zucker \"as a forceful advocate for 20th century music,\" and when she was awarded the Aaron Copland Fund for Music from the American Music Center to record the 1998 Take a Walk on the Wilder Side-CD, Fanfare Magazine stated \"this disc fills an important niche in American Music as well as flute literature.\"
With 45 CD releases available on Cantilena Records, Ms. Zucker can be heard regularly on worldwide classical radio stations. She has performed many times in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Mondavi Center, etc. As a concerto soloist she has been featured with the American Symphony Orch., Erkel Chamber Orch. of Budapest, The Orch. of NY The Gold Country Orch., Merced Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, The Arlington Symph. Orch., and toured with the Sumara Orch. of Russia. As an active chamber artist she has performed with the Marlboro Festival and Tour, Harvard Chamber Players, Music Fest of Arizona, Music in the Mountains, UC Davis Chamber Players,Wet Ink Festival and Chamber Music Alive! As a jazz flutist Jazz Now 2005 describes her performance as \"Laurel\'s flute cutting the still air with a deep-felt emotion to the very last note.\" Claude Bolling in March 2004 on Zucker\'s Bolling Jazz Suites CD writes \"Dear Laurel Zucker, Your recording is beautiful, musician partners are excellent and your flute playing superb!!!\" Of the Flute Music by French Composers CD, Sir James Galway recommends on his website \"This is a really good record and should be in the library of all serious students. The repertoire is very good and it is beautifully played by Miss Zucker. I have a copy and think it is outstanding...\"
As an active performer and supporter of the flute community, Ms. Zucker has been a guest performer/teacher at the New York Flute Club, The Portland Flute Society, The Houston Flute Society, LA Flute Club, Dallas Flute Festival, North Carolina School of the Arts and the National Flute Association Convention. In 2000 The Year of the Rome Aureole Jubilee (hosted by the City of Rome and the Pope) three of Ms. Zucker\'s Cantilena Records CDs (Serenades; Music of Guiliani for Flute and Guitar; Mozart Flute Quartets CDs) were played non-stop for six months throughout the largest Convention Center of Rome, Italy and were also featured in a documentary created at UCLA on the Santa Maria Maggiora Chapel of Rome.
November 2007, Laurel Zucker and Mark Delpriora were presented with
THE GOLD ARTIST AWARD from RadioIndy
for their 2007 CD, Masterpieces for Flute and Guitar.
In 2006 Ms. Zucker received
THE BEST CLASSICAL SOLO INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2006 from The Just Plain Folks Awards.
As Professor of Flute at California State Univ., Sacramento since 1988,
Ms. Zucker received the 1998 President\'s Award for Creative and Scholarly Research, 1998 and 2000 Creative Research Awards, a
nd 1989 Professional Promise Award.
In 1978 she won Artists International Competition and gave her Carnegie Recital Hall Debut. Her first performances in Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center
were at the age of 16 performing 1st flute in the Alexander Schneider\'s Orchestra.
Ms. Zucker graduated from Juilliard where she studied with
Samuel Baron for 3 years; with Paula Robison for two years at New England Conservatory of Music; and privately with Marcel Moyse and Julius Baker.
Ms. Zucker holds a Masters in Music Composition from New York University.
Her compositions are published by Lyra International and
Bourne Music Company and are recorded on Cantilena Records.
In 2008 a new website www.laurelzuckermasterclass.com was launched
providing a new DVD series of flute masterclasses lead by Ms. Zucker.