Michael Bocian | I Am The Blues

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I Am The Blues

by Michael Bocian

An amazing presentation of two great jazz guitarist ,Bill DeArango and Michael Bocian, along with the great Tom Rainey, drums. Here they play spontaneous music in there varied featured pieces. This cd defines the beauty of friendship in jazz and blues.
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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1. Home Town Vamp MICHAEL BOCIAN
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2. Bill Said I Am the Blues MICHAEL BOCIAN
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3. Euclid Tavern MICHAEL BOCIAN
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4. Every Day How I Pray MICHAEL BOCIAN
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5. D'octivator MICHAEL BOCIAN
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6. My Favorite Little Vamp MICHAEL BOCIAN
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7. I Say to You Please MICHAEL BOCIAN
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8. Gambit's Groove MICHAEL BOCIAN
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9. Broadway MICHAEL BOCIAN
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10. Our First Duet MICHAEL BOCIAN
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11. You Really Don't Got Me MICHAEL BOCIAN
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12. That Pretty Baby Has Left Me Achin MICHAEL BOCIAN
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13. For Drums and Guitar MICHAEL BOCIAN
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14. Round Midnight MICHAEL BOCIAN
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15. In the Nick of Time MICHAEL BOCIAN
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Indeed, for a man that Harvey Pecar refers to as "the greatest bebop guitarist' DeArango is surprisingly little known in the jazz world. he came to New York in the mid 1940's and seems to have sparked a little fire from the moment he arrived. he drew crowds of admirers on 52nd street and quickly went on to record with such jazz greats as Ben Webster, Dizzy Gillespie, Slam Stewart, Charlie Kennedy, Ike Quebec, and Lockjaw Davis to name a few. Those who were there tell us that his highly personal, inovative guitar style, formidible technique, and tremendous speed simply mesmerized audiences.
DeArango was seventy- five years old on this date and stands as one of his final recordings. this music servese as a fitting memorial to DeArango, both as a musician and as a individual. here he diplays the good-heartedness, playfulness and sense of freedom that inspired and elevated the lives of so many of his friends and fellow musicians.

"some fine jazz guitarist have come out of Cleveland: Jimmy Shirley Bill DeArango, Jim Hall, and Michael Bocian. Hall's universally admired and respected, DeArango arguably the greatest bop guitarist blew people away during the few years he played in new york with people like Dizzy Gillespie and Ben Webster , winning an Esquire award, but Bocian who sites as an influence and hung around his cleveland heights music store as a kid but now lives in new york deserves far more attention and air play because his playing is technically brilliant". Harvey Pecar, The Scene

( Cover photo of Bill DeArango)


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Bill Milkowski Jazz Times

I Am The Blues
Bocian compkiments DeArango's spiky attack with speedy precision picking and warm- toned fluid lines. And Rainey underscores the spontaneous proceedings with melodic instincts and a highly intuitive approach to the kit.Bocian and DeArango engage in some dark counterpoint on the pensive"Our First Duet" which sounds like it could've been on the soundtrack to David Lynch's Eraserhead. Other highlights include a hauntingly beautiful take on "Round Midnight" and DeArango's warped, LOrd Buckley- esque spoken word offering, "I Say To You Please".