[JPL] Re: Montreux Summit Vol I & II

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 12 11:12:25 EDT 2006

Thanks David. I had heard Billy got in some sort of trouble over there and had his passport taken away...consequently not being able to leave. I guess that's possible. I think he's from NJ originally. Not sure if that's totally true but it could explain why few here know much about him. I remember hearing his "trading" solo work on "The Moontrane" on Vol II years ago and thinking man, who the hell is this drummer? Didn't sound like anyone I knew. His ideas were so metrically different than anything I was hearing at that time. Fresh and different and he was swinging like crazy. As I understand it Slide and Dexter are/were very familiar with him....particularly when they played Europe. They would use him. Too bad we couldn't hear more from him because he's amazing. 
  If you don't have volume II.....try to get your hands on it and it's unfortunate these sessions were never re-issued. I remember us having a decussion here about what we would like to see re-issued. This collection would definitely fall in that category. 
  Jae Sinnett  

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Billy Brooks is pretty obscure, He recorded some sessions in 1965 with Tete Montoliu and Nathan Davis, but I don't know much else about him.

AFAIK, the Montreux Summit albums were never reissued as CDs. I have Volume I, with a nice version of Dexter Gordon's "Fried Bananas" and the monster tune "Andromeda."

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Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 15:28:34 -0700 (PDT)

From: Jae Sinnett 

Subject: [JPL] Montreux Summit Vol I & II

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remember these recordings from about 1978 on Columbia? Volume II
features versions of "The Moontrane" and "Red Top" that are incredible.
"Red Top" features one of the all time great trumpet exchanges between
Woody Shaw and Marnard Ferguson. Ditto with Stan and Dexter. The band
on these tracks....Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, Hubert Laws, Maynard
Ferguson, Slide Hampton, Dexter Gordon, George Duke, Gordon Johnson and
one of the most interesting drummers I've heard...Billy Brooks. My
questions are would anyone happen to know anything about this
drummer.......I haven't heard anything from him before or since and
two....if these releases ever came out on CD? Amazon shows no listing.
Thanks for any help. 

Jae Sinnett


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