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Vincent Falcone Trio | Warm Heart ... Cool Hands (A Tribute to My Friend)

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Warm Heart ... Cool Hands (A Tribute to My Friend)

by Vincent Falcone Trio

Music of Oscar winning composer arranged and performed in the genre of jazz
Genre: Easy Listening: Easy Pop
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1. You Are There
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2. Love on a Merry Go Round
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3. Blue's Theme
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4. This Is My Last Love Song
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5. Around The World Under The Sea
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6. Beautiful Sea
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7. Susan
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8. Nightfall
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9. The Eleventh Hour
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10. The Gold Wedding Ring
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Vincent Falcone Trio: "WARM HEART … COOL HANDS"
(A Tribute To My Friend, Harry Sukman)

Two talented men of music whose lives, though born and raised in different cities at different times, were parallel in many ways. Harry Sukman and Vincent Falcone had one great and talented man in common who eventually brought them together - Mr. Frank Sinatra.

Harry Sukman

Harry Sukman was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began studying classical piano at the age of four. He revealed himself a music prodigy as a child and attended the Metropolitan College of Music before he was in his teens. His teachers included the great Rudolph Ganz (piano) and Felix Borowski (theory, composition)

At twelve years old, Sukman served as an accompanist, to some of the finest violinists and opera singers and toured with them throughout the country. In his twenties, he was employed as a radio conductor and pianist in Chicago.

In 1946, Harry Sukman moved to Hollywood, where he was hired as pianist by the music department at Paramount Pictures. Paramount studio’s music director, Victor Young, took him under his wing and introduced him to the art of film scoring. Young and Sukman were childhood friends and like brothers stemming back to their days in Chicago. Playing piano for Young’s scoring sessions and for great film composers such as: Dimitri Tiomkin, and Max Steiner, Harry Sukman played piano for recording sessions with Victor Young and his orchestra as well as for well known singers such as Frank Sinatra.
Hersh was the nickname given to Harry Sukman by his friend Victor Young. Sinatra picked up on the name and continued to call him by that nickname throughout their association.

Over the years, Sukman was given the opportunity to compose music for numerous independent motion pictures. He broke into the big time in 1960, when he served as music director/composer for George Cukor And Charles Vidor’s “Song Without End” A drama based on the life of composer/pianist Franz Liszt. For this dramatic score, Harry Sukman received an Academy Award.

After receiving the Oscar for “Song Without End,” he subsequently was nominated for the films “Fanny” and for “The Singing Nun.” He received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for numerous television series including “Dr. Kildare”, “Bonanza”, and “The High Chaparral” and movies of the week. In 1967, along with being asked to arrange themes for a new album he was going to record conducting the orchestra, Frank Sinatra asked Hersh to compose the score for his film; “The Naked Runner.” Though the film’s musical theme was written as a concerto, Sinatra asked Sukman to arrange the piece into a song. He gave it its song title and recorded it. “You Are There” performed in trio with a great jazz arrangement, is one of the selections on this CD.

Frank Sinatra asked Harry Sukman to write a few arrangements for personal appearances with piano accompaniment only. He sent his musical director/pianist Vincent Falcone to the home of his friend Harry Sukman (Hersh) to go over the arrangements. This special meeting and those that followed were the beginning of a beautiful friendship between two fine musicians and two even finer men.


Vincent Falcone

Vincent Falcone was born in Syracuse New York. He began studying classical piano at the age of three. He was engaged in classical training at Syracuse University.

Mr. Falcone traveled extensively throughout Europe with various
Jazz groups. Upon returning to the United States he spent several years furthering his musical studies as well as performing in the upstate New York area. In 1970 Mr. Falcone relocated to Las Vegas, where he still resides. He became Caesars Palace’s house pianist, and while there was heard by Frank Sinatra.

He was associated with Frank Sinatra for several years as pianist initially, and then as both pianist and conductor. Mr. Falcone was music director for the inaugural gala for president Ronald Reagan. Mr. Sinatra who loved to conduct the orchestra, would sometimes feature the piano artistry of Mr. Falcone while he conducted. He toured with Mr. Sinatra into the early ‘90s.

Over the years, Vincent Falcone has and continues to work with the likes of:
Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Jack Jones, Andy Williams,
Joe Piscopo. He has appeared with numerous jazz artists as; Steve Gadd, Bobby Shew, The Condoli Brothers, Terry Gibbs, Jack Sheldon and many more including Joe LaBarbera and Tom Warrington both of whom are featured on this CD.

In 2005, Mr. Falcone had his first book published by Hal Leonard
Publishing Co. entitled “Frankly Just Between Us.” The book tells of his many experiences with Frank Sinatra and many of the other
artists with whom he has worked.


Susan McCray

Harry Sukman’s daughter, casting director, internet radio show host, and author, Susan McCray, asked Vincent Falcone to arrange and play in trio, the music of her father for a CD she wanted to produce. He responded; “It would be my honor.” He told Susan, one of the most important things in working on this tribute, will be to make certain the arrangements he was about to write, would not hurt the integrity of the original compositions.
Ms. McCray commented her father would have been very proud and quite humbled to receive such a loving tribute from his friend.

When listening to the piano artistry of Vincent Falcone, Harry Sukman once asked:

“Where the heck does Vinnie find those great chords?”

Susan McCray feels the title she gave this CD says it all:

Warm Heart … Cool Hands
(A Tribute To My Friend, Harry Sukman)

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Don Santore

Warm Heart....Cool Hands
I love the complex piano voicings that Vince chooses on these song titles. Being a forever jazz piano student myself, I love listening to those lovely tensions that Vincent brings to these wonderful pieces. Musical tension and release is what a good jazz pianist strives for and it is done here effortlessly. Don Santore formerly from Vincent's home town of Syracuse NY
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Jan Pippins

Warm Heart...Cool Hands
Splendid tribute...captivating arrangement
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Patricia Weidling

Warm Hands...Cool Heart
After listening to this lovely treasure chest, my heart is warm and overflowing with emotion. How wonderful. Thank you.
Patty Weidling
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Penny McQueen

Warm Heart...Cool Hands
If you're a part of that broad demographic spectrum tagged as Baby Boomer, the music of Harry Sukman is as closely interwoven into the background of your life as Saturday morning cartoons, Sky King, and Spin and Marty. He scored everything you watched - movies and TV shows - so deftly that the music defined the characters and plotlines in a way that went beyond today's gritty realism and into emotional resonance.

If you don't know Harry Sukman music, you should.

This tribute album, produced by his daughter, Susan Sukman McCray, takes his genius and funnels it through the hands of legendary jazz pianist and conductor Vincent Falcone. The result is Sukman gold, crafted into new arrangements by a master artist.

Vincent Falcone is legendary in the music world, not only for his work with Sinatra but for his own career as well as tours with such artists as Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Jack Jones, and Andy Williams. This CD demonstrates why he's so well thought of, as his talent shines through in every track.

Blue's Theme was originally a character theme from the classic series High Chaparral, a melancholy, wistful melody that spoke heartbreakingly of those years when we are poised between child and adult, and the world is too unfair to be withstood. Falcone transforms it into an dancing delight, an exuberant, teenaged triumph of spirit, but lurking underneath you can still hear the young anguish. It's quite a feat.

'Susan' was written for Sukman's daughter's wedding, and you can hear the pride and love of a father for his only child in the notes. 'Gold Wedding Band', originally recorded by Peggy Lee, is heartbreakingly beautiful in Falcone's version.

This CD contains an amazing collaboration between two geniuses in the music world. Any one of the tracks is worth the price of the entire CD, as they're all classics.
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