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The Modernity Of Bob Brookmeyer

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Album Review

This session originally appeared as a Clef LP under a different title before it was reissued on Verve in 1957 as The Modernity of Bob Brookmeyer. Regardless of the title, the valve trombonist was extremely busy in the studios (as both a leader and a sideman) at this point in his career, and he prolifically turned out top-notch arrangements such as the seven tracks on this record. Accompanied by the great pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Buddy Clark, and drummer Mel Lewis, Brookmeyer's fluid, sassy solos carry the day in the four standards and his three creative originals. Rowles seems a tad reserved compared to his own dates as a leader, though he still swings. Almost impossible to track down, this rare LP will likely turn up only in auction lists and the occasional estate sale of a serious jazz collector.

Biography

Born: 19 December 1929 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Bob Brookmeyer was long considered one of the top valve trombonists in jazz and a very advanced arranger whose writing was influenced by modern classical music. He started out as a pianist in dance bands but played valve trombone with Stan Getz (1953). He gained fame as a member of the Gerry Mulligan quartet (1954-1957), was part of the unusual Jimmy Giuffre Three of 1957-1958 (which consisted of Giuffre's reeds, Brookmeyer's valve trombone, and Jim Hall's guitar), and then re-joined Mulligan as...
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 17 January 1955

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