Thad Jones, Nick Travis, Marky Markowitz, Ray Copeland, Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman (tp), Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb, p, arr), Curtis Fuller, Frank Rehak (tb), Gene Quill (as, cl), Danny Bank (fl, b-cl, bs), Al Cohn (ts), Gene Allen (ts, bs), Hank Jones, Wynton Kelly (p), George Duvivier, Paul Chambers, Eddie Jones (b), Charles Persip, Paul Motian (d)
Reference: FSRCD 568
Bar code: 8427328605687
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.
-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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