John "Bucky" Pizzarelli is a leader of the movement that keeps mainstream and traditional jazz alive. After touring with Vaughan Monroe's dance band and recording RCA in his early year, he joined the staff of NBC in 1952. It was there that he played in the Doc Severinson Band on the Tonight Show. Throughout his career, Pizzarelli has played a seven-string electric guitar. The extra string, which is tuned to A, allows him to play a bass line to his own solos. In the '70s, Pizzarelli issued his first recordings as leader and began reintroducing the world to many historic guitar compositions from the '30s. He is also the father of John Pizzarelli, Jr.
Stereophile's "RECORDING OF THE MONTH - March 2002"
"...Pizzarelli's quintet, with instrumentation similar to that of Goodman's small ensembles, plays the Swing Era style with expertise, authenticity, and passion." - Stereophile
"The big thing you'll notice about this disc is the level of realism...you will enjoy what I truly believe to be the most realistic recreation of an acoustic performance I have yet heard on a commercial release...It's astonishing...My advice would be to put on this disc at night, turn off the lights...and listen...Suddenly, you're in Makor, a New York jazz club, listening to Bucky and the band playing before a live audience in February 2001. What you'll hear when you arrive is a spirited performance by some very accomplished jazz musicians...Everyone is impressive on this recording...a 'must-have'...it's the best DVD-A or surround SACD I have heard to date." - Audio Revolution
"Here's another special treat for jazz aficionados...You are right there in this remarkable recording that includes jazz club ambience and audience. A superb example of live jazz recording at its most effective 'you are there' presence." - ClassicalCDReview.com
"Both the DVD-Audio and SACD versions of Chesky's benchmark Swing Live disc were so clean and natural that it easy to forget that I was listening to recorded music. From the high clarinet notes to the bass drum's rhythmic thump to the audience's shuffling, each sound was distinct and equally well crafted." - Home Theater Magazine