Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Over Time - Music of Bob Brookmeyer

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Over Time - Music of Bob Brookmeyer

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The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Over Time - Music Of Bob Brookmeyer

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Nick Marchione, Tanya Darby, Terrell Stafford, Scott Wendholt (tp, flgn) John Mosca, Luis Bonilla (tb) Jason Jackson (tenor tb, b-tb), Douglas Perviance (b-tb) Dick Oatts, Billy Drewes (as, ss, fl) Rich Perry (ts, fl) Ralph LaLama (ts, fl, cl) Gary Smulyan (bs) Jim McNeely (p) John Rile (d), David Wong (b) Frank Basile(b-cl) David Peel (fr-hn) Mike Truesdell (perc). Sear Sound, New York City, June 11 & 12, 2014

The Big Time/Suite For Three: Oatts Scott Rich/XYZ/Skylark/At The Corner Of Ralph And Gary/Sad Song. TT 66:27

At the time of Bob Brookmeyer's death in mid December 2011 there were already rumblings that a new album of Brookmeyer music was going to be recorded by the musicians he referred to as 'my home,' The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. As is the case with most projects of this nature many obstacles stepped in the way. Logistics, funding, Bob's clogged schedule and commitments, his own health battles and simply finding the time to get everyone together in the studio long enough to complete the recordings. With Bob's passing then it became imperative for all that the album be completed not only to honor Bob and his important place in the history of this organization, but document the final music he composed for them.

For those of us that revere the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and it's descendants a review to inspire our interest is almost redundant. "Oh, a new Vanguard Jazz Orchestra album? Gotta have it." End of discussion. Yet Brookmeyer would have been the first person to tell you that there were times as he rediscovered his writing voice in the late 1970's upon his return to New York and the mantel of musical director of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra that "I wanted to make your ears bleed." Recognizing Bob's desire to expand himself into composing avantgarde classical music was all a part of this evolution, but I for one fall into the category of the group that 'doesn't want my ears to bleed' as some of Brookmeyer's music from that era lies unrevisited in my music library. Residing in the collection out of respect but languishing in silence as I reach for more accessible Brookmeyer. Fortunately this new CD brings together challenging new Brookmeyer work, but not inaccessible music. …

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