Atlantic LP 1320
Mercury MG 206000
Portrait Of The Artist (2 Lps On 1 Cd)
Featuring: Nick Travis, Thad Jones (tp), Bob Brookmeyer (vtb, p, arr), Curtis Fuller (tb), Danny Bank (fl, bcl, bs), Al Cohn (ts), Gene Quill (as, cl), Hank Jones, Wynton Kelly (p), George Duvivier, Paul Chambers (b), Charlie Persip, Paul Motian (d)
REFERENCE: FSRCD 568
BAR CODE: -
The portrait that emerges from this disc reveals a trombonist with excellent technique, a smooth, pungent percussive wit, dark and buttery tone, down home stomping and slyly musical humor; a pianist who ranges from a basic, solid, four-square attack to a delightfully airy way; a composer who is strongly conscious of the foundations of jazz; and an arranger who mainly writes with a heavy emphasis on a rolling swing, and occasionally blending it with impressionistic devices, but always with strength and simplicity.
In a revealing insight, Nat Hentoff considered that “Brookmeyer has opened himself to jazz of all eras. He has absorbed, tested, and selected from the whole reservoir of autobiographies in sound that is the jazz language, those elements he felt relevant to his own experience in living and telling his history of jazz. He has not limited himself to any one era, school or attitude, preferring to filter all of jazz through his emotions rather than remain a parochial hipster.”
01. Out of Nowhere
02. Darn that Dream
03. Blues Suite: Introduction and First Movement
04. Second Movement
05. Third Movement
06. Fourth Movement
07. Mellow Drama
08. It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got that Swing)
09. Air Conditioned
10. This Can’t Be Love
11. Exactly Like You
12. The Things I Love
13. Only when You Are Near
14. Green Stamps
15. You’re My Everything
Total time: 79:53 min.
Tracks #1-8 from "Portrait Of The Artist"
(Atlantic LP 1320).
Tracks #9-16 from "Jazz Is A Kick"
(Mercury MG 206000).
Personnel on "Portrait Of The Artist"
Tracks #1-2: “Marky” Markowitz, Ray Copeland, trumpets; John Barrows, French horn; Bob Brookmeyer, valve trombone, piano, arranger; Frank Rehak, trombone; Bill Barber, tuba; Gene Quill, alto sax; Gene Allen, tenor and baritone sax; George Duvivier, bass; Charlie Persip, drums.
Recorded in New York City, on March 9, 1959.
Tracks #3,5,6: Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, trumpets; Earl Chapin, French horn; Bob Brookmeyer, valve trombone, piano, arranger; Frank Rehak, trombone; Don Butterfield, tuba; Gene Quill, alto sax, clarinet; Al Cohn, tenor sax; George Duvivier, bass; Charlie Persip, drums.
Recorded in New York City, on April 6, 1959.
Tracks #4,7,8: Ernie Royal, Nick Travis, trumpets; John Barrows, French horn; Bob Brookmeyer, valve trombone, piano, arranger; Frank Rehak, trombone; Bill Barber, tuba; Danny Bank, flute, bass clarinet, baritone sax; Gene Quill, alto sax, clarinet; George Duvivier, bass; Charlie Persip, drums.
Recorded in New York City, on April 9, 1959.
Original recordings produced by Nesuhi Ertegun.
Personnel on "Jazz Is A Kick"
Tracks #9-12: Thad Jones, Joe Newman, trumpets; Bob Brookmeyer, valve trombone, arranger; Curtis Fuller, trombone; Hank Jones, piano; Eddie Jones, bass; Charlie Persip, drums.
Tracks #13-16: Bob Brookmeyer, valve trombone, arranger; Curtis Fuller, trombone; Wynton Kelly, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Paul Motian, drums.
Recorded in New York City, June, 1960.
Original recordings produced by Jack Tracy.
-Jazz Is A Kick
"This interesting LP matches together valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer with the slide trombone of Curtis Fuller. Four songs use a modern rhythm section (pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Paul Motian) while the other four have a strong Count Basie feel (with trumpeters Thad Jones and Joe Newman, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Ed Jones and drummer Charlie Persip making their presence felt). Brookmeyer and Fuller display contrasting styles while blending together quite well on the ensembles."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide
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