[JPL] Bob Brookmeyer RIP

DPolletta at aol.com DPolletta at aol.com
Sat Dec 17 07:38:41 EST 2011

In a message dated 12/16/2011 11:00:34 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
jstein at berklee.edu writes:


Many fitting tributes to Bob Brookmeyer as an  arranger. I know him also as 
a wonderful instrumentalist and have spent many  hours listening to him 
improvising jazz on his horn.

He played on many  recordings. Here's one I love that flies under the radar 
a little bit: Night  Lights, by Gerry Mulligan. Bob is a sideman, along 
with Art Farmer, Jim Hall,  Bill Crow, and Donald Bailey. It is very 
mainstream, not innovative or  ground-breaking, and mostly mellow. But what tasteful, 
impeccable, lyrical  playing by every musician on the date!>
""Night Lights" is a wonderful date.  Lonehill reissued it, IIRC in a  disc 
called The Complete Gerry Mulligan Sextet."  They also did one of for  the 
Mulligan/Brookmeyer Quartet...as well as collecting the session he made with 
 Clark Terry.
Love Bob's playing on "Jazz Reunion" with Pee Wee Russell and Coleman  
Hawkins...and a great 3 cd box Mosaic did features "Traditionalism Revisted," w/ 
 Jim Hall and Jimmy Giuffre, "the Street Swingers" with Hall and Jimmy  
Raney...and a couple of slightly larger groups that remind us, that for all of  
his great big band writing in his later years, which often took on a kind 
of  pastel, floating character, this was a guy who loved to swing KC style.
Thanks for all the good sides Bob!
Dan Polletta

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