I’ve always regarded Brookmeyer as a very “clinical” player – competent but cold, very polished, pleasant to listen to but without an ounce of emotion.
I now announce a complete reversal of opinion. For this disc – the best Brookmeyer I have ever heard – shows him in a new light . . . expressive, imaginative, and plenty hot.
I wouldn’t go as far as to say that this is an exciting album in the sense that it’s a wildly foot-tapping affair. But I do find it exciting to hear such thoroughly enjoyable down-to-earth jazz, so completely relaxed and so full of wit.
And you may be as surprised as I was to hear Brookmeyer’s use of “vocal” effects – smears, growls and grunts – that can so often sound corny but come off remarkably well here.
Lewis and Clark supply a subtle backing, but I found Rowles a little too meandering.
On The Sunny Side Of The Street; Stompin’ At The Savoy; Languid Blues (19½ min.) – I Got Rhythm; Smoke Gets In Your Eyes; Hot And Cold Blues (18½ min.)
Bob Brookmeyer (v-tbn); Jimmy Rowles (p); Buddy Clark (bs); Mel Lewis (d).
(HMV CSD 1356 stereo. 12inLP. 34s. 1d.)