[JPL] Bob Brookmeyer RIP

Bradley Stone stonebradley1 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 19 11:48:04 EST 2011


Aloha, all,

Deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing - one of our great composers and
arrangers - I always enjoyed bringing a new Brookmeyer chart to my radio
audience.  He truly deserved "wider recognition".

A light is on,

Brad



On Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 3:42 PM, Tom Reney <tr at wfcr.org> wrote:

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> Doug Ramsey's Rifftides blog on his late friend quotes Brookmeyer
> admitting that some of the music he made during a difficult period in his
> life "could make your teeth hurt."
> And only a few weeks ago, a friend who played on Woody Herman's band
> recalled a concert of Brookmeyer's music at Monterey that sent the audience
> running for the exits.  But when music of this type is considered in the
> context of Brookmeyer's overall output, much of which is celebratory,
> swinging and thoughtful, I can only conclude that he was emotionally honest
> in his art.
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> This morning I'm digging his 1997 Challenge recording New
> Works/Celebration, a piece he composed for a concert with Gerry Mulligan in
> 1994 and here features the amazing Scott Robinson on baritone.
> Tom
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> On 12/17/2011 7:38 AM, DPolletta at aol.com wrote:
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>> In a message dated 12/16/2011 11:00:34 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>> jstein at berklee.edu writes:
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>> Friends,
>>
>> 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
>> WCPN-FM
>> ideastream
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