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Clark TERRY & Bob BROOKMEYER – The Power of Positive Swinging 1965

Posted in Bob BROOKMEYER, Clark TERRY, JAZZ on December 26, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Clark TERRY & Bob BROOKMEYER – The Power of Positive Swinging  1965
Fontana TL 5290


In the mid-1960s, flugelhornist Clark Terry and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer led a quintet whose rhythm section changed now and then. As expected, there was always plenty of interplay between the fluent horns and some sly examples of their humor. This CD reissue matches C.T. and Brookmeyer with pianist Roger Kellaway (a bit of a wild card who throws in a few adventurous flights here and there), bassist Bill Crow and drummer Dave Bailey. Except for Kellaway, all of the musicians had previously played with Gerry Mulligan, and there is some of the feel of his quartet during these performances. Highlights include “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Illinois Jacquet’s “The King” and the old Count Basie-associated riff tune “Just an Old Manuscript.”
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
Clark Terry- Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bob Brookmeyer- Valve Trombone
Roger Kellaway- Piano
Bill Crow- Bass
Dave Bailey- Drums
A1. Dancing on the Grave
A2. Battle Hymn of the Republic
A3. The King
A4. Ode to a Flugelhorn
A5. Gal in Calico
B1. Green Stamps
B2. Hawg Jawz
B3. Simple Waltz
B4. Just an Old Manuscript
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Jim HALL & Bob BROOKMEYER – Live At the North Sea Jazz Festival 1979

Posted in Bob BROOKMEYER, JAZZ, Jim HALL on December 3, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Jim HALL & Bob BROOKMEYER – Live At the North Sea Jazz Festival 1979
1999 Issue.


Jazz dialogues don’t come much quieter than this veterans’ meeting of former Jimmy Giuffre Trio guitarist Jim Hall (an early model for Bill Frisell and John Abercrombie, among others) and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, caught at The Hague in 1979. It is a compelling set of duo-only variations on classic low-lights standards, including My Funny Valentine, Body and Soul and In a Sentimental Mood, ending with a vivacious version of Sonny Rollins’s St Thomas calypso. I Hear a Rhapsody is playful and entwined, Hall’s suspended-time intro to My Funny Valentine ushers in a luxuriously swinging trombone solo, Body and Soul starts as a soft feint-and-weave that builds to a murmured groove, and In a Sentimental Mood displays all of Brookmeyer’s melodic grace and use of the full register. Hall plays a superb, harmonically blazing chordal break on the Latin Sweet Basil, and St Thomas has more bounce than you might expect from a drumless lineup. There’s quite a lot of audience noise, but the impact of two such magic-touch players triumphs.
By John Fordham.
The lucid and luminous guitarist Jim Hall is no stranger to the duet setting: over his career, he’s waxed duo albums with piano (Bill Evans in the 1960s), bass (Ron Carter in the 1970s), and second guitar (most notably on 1999’s record with Pat Metheny. Hall’s also no stranger to valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, a co-collaborator in Jimmy Giuffre’s late-1950s trio. On this 1979 date, the pair seems liberated by the absence of a rhythm section–twisting and turning the songs at a moment’s notice–yet shows great discipline in being able to maintain cohesiveness. On “I Hear a Rhapsody,” the two weave stunning improvisations around each other, while on “In a Sentimental Mood,” Hall leaves Brookmeyer sufficient room for his rippling runs. They challenge themselves with Sonny Rollins’s “St. Thomas,” a tune that relies heavily on its rhythmic impulse, and they succeed thanks to Hall’s miraculous chord work, which deconstructs and rebuilds the song piece by piece.
By Marc Greilsamer.
Released for the first time on this 1999 Challenge CD, this live set features the unusual duo of guitarist Jim Hall and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, two-thirds of the 1957 Jimmy Giuffre Three. Although there are occasions when one of the musicians accompanies the other one, much of the time Hall and Brookmeyer function as equals, improvising together on a set of standards plus an ad-lib blues called “Sweet Basil.” Their ability to improvise while thinking of the whole picture and their knack for spontaneously harmonizing really come in handy during this intriguing and frequently exciting outing. Among the selections reborn in the playing of Hall and Brookmeyer are John Lewis’ “Skating in Central Park,” “Body and Soul,” “Darn That Dream,” and “St. Thomas.” A successful effort that should not have taken 20 years to release.
Jim Hall- Guitar
Bob Brookmeyer- Trombone
01. Skating in Central Park 9:58
02. I Hear a Rhapsody 8:20
03. My Funny Valentine 8:23
04. Body and Soul 10:35
05. In a Sentimental Mood 9:44
06. Sweet Basil 7:36
07. Darn That Dream 8:36
08. St. Thomas 7:18

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