Bob Gluck's work as a pianist builds unfettered on the concept of intelligently directed freedom of expression, while sparkling with the allure of lyricism and beauty. While some may place Gluck within the context of the avant-garde, following in the tradition of Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Andrew Hill, Paul Bley and Don Pullen, his music reveals an abiding affection towards the more pastoral and pensive aspects of impressionism and late romanticism.
Gluck's approach as a pianist, composer and improviser intuitively merges intuition with a broad sonic palate where lyricism and abstraction find a shared home. The results are a kind of organic chamber jazz that eschews traditional song form without abandoning melodic beauty or structure. Referring to a performance of Neil Rolnick's "Faith" in New York City, Allan Kozinn (New York Times) observed: "an accomplished jazz pianist. Mr. Gluck performed... with virtuosic fluidity." Cadence Magazine has called him "...a brilliant improviser...”
Bob Gluck’s "Something Quiet" (2011), with soprano saxophonist Joe Giardullo and bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan, has been called “completely original, artistically spontaneous, and intellectually challenging.” (Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz), “a gently insistent and compelling collection for which the term "rewards repeated listenings" is definitely apt.” (Michael Edwards, Jazzofonik) About "Returning" (2011) by the Bob Gluck Trio, with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Dean Sharp. Chuck Vecoli (Jazz Review) comments: "I cannot fully convey the attraction deeply seeded in these pieces that becomes stronger as the composition progresses..." The Trio's previous outing was the critically acclaimed 2008 recording "Sideways." Michael McDowell, Blitz Magazine, writes of "Textures and Pulsations" (with Aruan Ortiz, 2012), "The ambitious duo has taken to the road less traveled, with remarkable results... Gluck and Ortiz may have inadvertently struck a chord of solidarity with a much wider musical demographic. For in doing so, they have succinctly made a case for standing in accord with the universal theme of striving for excellence."
Bob Gluck is Associate Professor of Music at the University at Albany. He is author of “You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band” (University of Chicago Press, 2012).