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It is hard to believe that at the tender age of 82, pianist/composer and arranger Bob Acri is debuting with his first full length Southport CD, as a leader. A fixture on the Chicago scene for 7 decades, Bob Acri attended the famed Austin High, an institution that created its fair share of remarkable "Chicago-schooled" musicians. At age 17, Acri had already stepped up from free-lancing in Chicago's many saloons to having one of the most prestigious musical jobs around - staff pianist with the ABC / NBC Network Orchestra. In his impressive career he once held court at Chicago's famed Pump Room and Mr. Kelly's working with people like Barbra Streisand, Shecky Greene, and Carmen McCrae.

Chicago born in 1918, pianist/composer Acri is a Chicago original. On this recording, he offers a collection of all original songs that span many forms of American song style, from the romantic ballad, to the bossa nova and the blues, with hints of swing and bebop. Acri lists the late great Bill Evans as one of his main musical champions. With sons Bob Acri, Jr. (drums and percussion) and Jim Acri (drums) the essence of a musical family can be felt and heard. Rounding out the ensemble is Ted Schmuldt (a long time ally) on guitar and Scott Mason on the acoustic bass.

"Tribute to Buddy" is a flashy up-tempo romp that swings and bops Chicago style. "Sleep Away" was released previously on the ABC label on track 12 (from Jamie and the Jays-Encore-ABC-592-1959). The Latin-tinged "Linda Rose" will make you dance with its hypnotic winding melody. "Lonely Lonely Girl" repeated with full ensemble, has the elegance of an Ellington tone poem. Bob's piano weaves between the melodic phrases like a mellow wind. "Bossa Nova Viejo" will prove to be the party stopper, another Latin track that builds into an intense frenzy, featuring both of Bob's sons, with Jim on set, and Bob, Jr. on conga and percussion.


1. Tribute to Buddy
2. Lonely Lonely Girl (Solo Piano)
3. R. B. Blues
4. Sleep Away
5. Wake Robin
6. Chromabluze (Solo Piano)
7. Linda Rose
8. Guess Who
9. Lonely Lonely Girl
10. Bossa Nova Viejo
11. Fugue
12. J and B Blues
13. Bob's Blues
14. Sleep Away

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: October 9, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southport Records
  • ASIN: B00005Q50M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "pg@tnsdata.com" on November 7, 2001
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If you like cool, light, rythmic sounds then "Timeless - The Music Of Bob Acri" is the right choice.
The piano music of Bob Acri reminds me of the Classical Guitar music of Andres Segovia. It is so relaxing to listen to, yet it gives you energy.
Bob Acri recorded this, his 1st album at age 82, what a great story to tell if you decide to give it as a gift!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "1966hipo289" on October 30, 2001
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This cd is like a time machine. Put it in and close your eyes and immediately be transformed into a Chicago Jazz club late on a Saturday night. Great stuff guys! I'm going to buy some more for Christmas presents! I have a lot of friends that can appreciate this music.
Thanks!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yoyo on November 6, 2010
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I enjoy this cd very much.beautiful music. Actually I bought this cd only for the song Sleep away, which is the most beautiful piano jaZZ I've ever heard. But the 3mininute version is not included in this album. That's a bit of shame. But I do enjoy this cd very much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on October 24, 2010
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I was fortunate to be introduced to your lovely `Sleep Away', Mr. Acri, when I purchased my new pc. It came as a gift, already installed, and what a precious gift it is! Thank you very much for your marvelous performance of it. `Sleep Away' was the impetus for my purchase of your `Timeless' CD. I just ordered `Timeless' and am planning on giving it to my wife for Christmas. I moved away from Chicago six years ago and only wish I had the opportunity to have heard you perform live in concert when I lived there. Now, at least I have been introduced to your gorgeous playing and have another gift - your `Timeless' CD in my home collection, which will be played regularly throughout the coming years. Based on what I have listened to on the samples, it, too, will be a lovely collection of works, but I will have to wait until Christmas before listening to it in its entirety. Thank you for your CD. Your talents are real pleasures to be added to my fantastic collection! You've just made my library that much more treasured.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Kraski on May 25, 2012
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A friend of mine in Poland asked me to order this for her and another friend would take it to her. After listening, I now have the mp3s. I'd never heard Bob Acri before, so this was a wonderful discovery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sam on December 28, 2011
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This is one of the best Jazz CD's I have. Listen to his rendition of "Sleep Away", you will be sold.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay Bee on January 1, 2013
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I regret that I am only just now discovering the music of Bob Acri. I have played this CD over and over and still it takes my breath when it begins. Beautiful relaxing and listening music.

I plan to purchase more of his CDs later this week.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Conchita M. on January 16, 2014
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My only complaint about his album is that so many of the songs are the same as the other album of Bob Acri's that I already owned. I love the smooth sweet relaxing sounds.
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