[JPL] Ralph MacDonald RIP

Lois Gilbert jazz at jazzcorner.com
Mon Dec 19 11:54:57 EST 2011


I don't recall see a thread on Ralph's passing. Man, he was the best -
percussionist, composer and producer, and I might add avid boxing fan. He
taught me to love boxing.




Lois Gilbert
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On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 11:48 AM, Bradley Stone <stonebradley1 at gmail.com>wrote:

>
> 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:
>
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > 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
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 12/17/2011 7:38 AM, DPolletta at aol.com wrote:
> >
> >> In a message dated 12/16/2011 11:00:34 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> >> jstein at berklee.edu writes:
> >>
> >>
> >> 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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