“But the London House lives on in memory, thanks to the music made there and presented here in Bob Mamet’s heartfelt reconstructions.” (from the liner notes)
"Vibrant, sparkling…swinging, sublime"
Bob Mamet is a Chicago based jazz pianist and composer known for his uniquely lyrical and vibrant style. The Bob Mamet Trio’s 2010 release "Impromptu" earned rave reviews in the jazz press, and received extensive airplay on straight ahead Jazz Radio, spending 15 weeks in the Jazzweek Top 30. The CD was featured prominently on Sirius/XM Radio's Real Jazz channel.
Having enjoyed success in Los Angeles as an acclaimed film composer, studio musician, and chart-topping recording artist with Atlantic Records, Bob returned to Chicago and to his acoustic jazz roots. He recorded the “Impromptu” album, and now his first Blujazz release, “London House Blues”. The CD features original compositions as well as standards and classics from the Great American Songbook and Post-Bop eras and serves as a tribute to the famed artists who frequented the legendary Chicago Jazz club, London House, in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
“London House Blues” features top Chicago Jazzmen Larry Gray and Paul Wertico. "Chicago Sessions" recording artist Larry Gray is considered one of Jazz music's finest double bassists, and the first choice for national and international touring artists performing in the Windy City. Seven time Grammy Award winner Paul Wertico began his career as the masterful drummer for the Pat Metheny Group, and has emerged as one of the most dynamic and respected jazz innovators in the country. Paul also co-produced the CD with Bob’s brother, producer and actor, Tony Mamet.
The album takes the listener on a journey through the Chicago Jazz scene back in the day, when pianists like Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and George Shearing would hold court. While staying true to its Jazz roots, Mamet, Gray, and Wertico weave their own inventive interplay into the mix, creating a sound that is at once modern and classic.
Bob is constantly performing at major presenting halls, jazz clubs, and festivals. He has been described as a "master of melody and structure" by The San Francisco Chronicle; "adventurous… sparkling… intriguing" by Jazz Times Magazine; and the Chicago Sun Times calls him simply "The Natural."
He also continues to compose music for a variety of projects, including the critically acclaimed score for the film "Lakeboat” written by his brother, famed writer David Mamet. It features a 60-piece orchestra with individual Jazz Trio vignettes, each one corresponding to a different character in the film.