This edition presents Bob Brookmeyers complete album "The Street Swingers", featuring him on both trombone and piano, backed by Jimmy Raney and Jim Hall.
As a bonus, the complete original LP, "The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer", which was also recorded in a small group format and presents Raney again on guitar and Brookmeyer in the dual role of trombonist and pianist.
01. ARROWHEAD (7:00)
02. STREET SWINGERS (6:21)
03. HOT BUTTERED NOODLING (6:04)
04. MUSICALE DU JOUR (8:50)
05. RANEY DAY (5:26)
06. JUPITER (5:07)
07. ROCKY SCOTCH (4:40)
08. UNDER THE LILACS (5:07)
09. THEY SAY ITS WONDERFUL (5:49)
10. POTREZEBIE (4:49)
11. REVELATION (5:46)
12. STAR EYES (4:29)
13. NOBODYS HEART (4:25)
14. LOUP-GAROU (4:38)
Total time: 78:38 min.
Tracks #1-6 from the 12" LP "The Street Swingers" (Pacific Jazz PJ 1239).
Tracks #7-14 from the 12" LP "The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer" (Prestige PRP 7066). Previously issued as 10" album (Prestige LP 214).
Personnel on "The Street Swingers": Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb, p), Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall (g), Bill Crow (b) and Osie Johnson (d). Recorded in New York City, December 13 & 16, 1957.
Personnel on "The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer"
Tracks #7-10: Bob Brookmeyer (tb), Jimmy Raney (g), Teddy Kotick (b), Mel Lewis (d). Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, on June 30, 1955.
Tracks #11-14: Bob Brookmeyer (tb, p), Teddy Charles (vib), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Nancy Overton (vcl only on #13). Recorded in New York City, on January 6, 1954.
-The Street Swingers
"Valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer (who also plays some piano on this long out-of-print Pacific Jazz LP) teams up with guitarists Jim Hall and Jimmy Raney, bassist Bill Crow and drummer Osie Johnson for six group originals. The tunes are fairly basic and all of the cool-toned musicians are up-to-par on the lightly swinging material."
-The Dual Role
"This reissue has four selections apiece from two different bands, both of which feature subtle interplay and cool tones. Bob Brookmeyer plays valve trombone and piano on two songs apiece with his 1955 quartet, a group also including guitarist Jimmy Raney, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Mel Lewis. The other half is actually led by vibraphonist Teddy Charles who features Brookmeyer on both of his instruments along with bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Ed Shaughnessy; Nancy Overton takes a vocal on "Nobody's Heart." Although the overall set is not all that essential, the music is pleasing and reasonably creative."
Both by Scott Yanow -All Music Guide