Monday, February 16, 2015

Bob Brookmeyer feat. Jim Hall - 7 X Wilder

Bob Brookmeyer pioneered playing jazz on the valve trombone, and employed an open-ended approach that embraced both cool and chamber jazz elements. This CD combines two of his finest early period albums from 1960 and 1961, playing standards and originals alongside a stock backup piano/bass/drums trio with Jimmy Rowles, and interpreting the music of Alec Wilder in tandem with guitarist Jim Hall. For the latter date, Brookmeyer goes back and forth between trombone and piano, with drummer Mel Lewis on both sessions. The first group is more sedate on songs like the polite "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "Languid Blues," but hop it up for the happy swinger "I Got Rhythm," or up and down title track. Brookmeyer has a delicate touch on piano for the waltz "While We're Young" and "The Wrong Blues," but on the trombone bops along for the fun tune "That's The Way It Goes," and epitomizes California cool for classics like the immortal "It's so Peaceful in the Country," paired beautifully with Hall on "Who Can I Turn To?" or on the muted trombone during "I'll Be Around." As you listen, you notice Brookmeyer gets around on his brass instrument as a trumpeter, not with the acumen of J.J. Johnson's slide trombone, but with an attack that combines the subtleties of Chet Baker with the alacrity of Shorty Rogers, who must be a telling influence. These albums were highly rated when they came out, and stand the test of time as excellent early examples of Brookmeyer's performance prowess.
Michael G. Nastos

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Bob Brookmeyer
The Blues Hot & Cold
7 X Wilder


1 On the Sunny Side of the Street (Fields, McHugh)  6:04
2 Stoppin' at the Savoy (Brookmeyer)  5:54
3 Languid Blues (Brookmeyer)  7:21
4 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:53
5 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Harbach, Kern)  5:48
6 Hot and Cold Blues (Brookmeyer)  7:57
7 While We're Young (Engvick, Palitz, Wilder)  6:09
8 That's the Way It Goes (Robin, Wilder)  4:42
9 The Wrong Blues (Engvick, Wilder)  4:32
10 It's so Peaceful in the Country (Wilder)  4:04
11 Blues for Alec (Brookmeyer)  6:07
12 I'll Be Around (Wilder)  4:28
13 Who Can I Turn To ? (Engvick, Wilder)  4:26


[# 1-6]
Bob Brookmeyer - tb
Jimmy Rowles - p
Buddy Clark - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; June 16, 1960
[# 7-13]
Bob Brookmeyer - tb & p
Jim Hall - g
Bill Crow - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Recorded in New York City ; June 29, 1961

Tracks #1-6 originally issued as "The Blues Hot And Cold" (Verve MGV-8385).
Tracks #7-13 originally issued as "7x Wilder" (Verve V6 8413)

(About 'The Blues Hot and Cold')
Bob Brookmeyer is thought of as a cool jazz stylist, though the valve trombonist throws everyone a curve with these 1960 small group dates.Accompanied by pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Buddy Clark, and drummer Mel Lewis, Brookmeyer delves into music from the swing era, utilizing a mute throughout most of the album, something he doesn't use all that often. He delivers a sassy "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and an imaginative reworking of "Stompin' at the Savoy" ("Stoppin' at the Savoy"). "I Got Rhythm," one of the most popular standards recorded by jazz musicians, benefits from Brookmeyer's arrangement, which at one point is a jig, then switches to bop, all with terrific accompaniment by the rhythm section and an intricate solo by Rowles. Also rewarding is his playful approach to "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."
Ken Dryden

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(About '7 x Wilder')
 Although he never really received much of the recognition due to him at the time, valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer developed a distinctive catalog in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s that asserted the lighter strains of West Coast ‘cool’, but below the surface burned with a hale and hearty flame that owed just as much to the bebop language. What has hampered Brookmeyer these days from getting any kind of residual acclaim is the fact that so many of his early masterpieces are simply unavailable. His spate of activity for Verve Records alone includes the mainstream brilliance of The Blues, Hot and Cold and the wistfully melodic strains of Trombone Jazz Samba. In addition, one would have to add the United Artists release Kansas City Revisited to the list of quintessential Brookmeyer sides yet to see the light of day on CD.
Working in a quartet setting, Brookmeyer matches personalities flawlessly with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bill Crow, and drummer Mel Lewis, while paying homage to iconoclast composer Alec Wilder. One of the best and most memorable tunes from the Wilder cannon is “While We’re Young,” treated here as a waltz and finding Brookmeyer playing piano with a minimalist approach. The other line which might be familiar is “It’s So Peaceful In the Country,” rendered ever so delicately this time with our leading man on trombone. Not lost on today’s astute musicians, this melodic jewel can also be heard in a more recent version by pianist Bill Charlap.
Brookmeyer would pen “Blues For Alec” and it serves as one of the lengthier cuts, Hall and the trombonist stretching out in a bluesy vein that brings out the best solos of the set. It’s also here that you really notice the way this ensemble breathes as one, Lewis and Crow never intruding on the generally restrained mood, but not failing either to support the soloists firmly. A sublime gem that deserves a reissue, along with the rest of his Verve sides, 7 x Wilder is Brookmeyer at his finest with an obscure performance from Jim Hall to boot.
C. Andrew Hovan - May 5, 2003, All About Jazz

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Kndnsk said...

Thanks a lot for the upgrade.

porco rosso said...

7 x Wilder was one of the most popular posts on my blog. Good to see that finally it's out on cd.

desperado said...

thank's mel as always great stuff el desperado

stringbender said...

Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis, Jimmy Rowles and Jim Hall - you can't ask for more than that!

Orbyt said...

Great post Mel, thank you!

blabberblabber said...

Very exciting to find the blog again. Even more so to find this Brookemeyer. Sadly, it seems pass protected. Any help with that?

Terry said...

Any chance of re-upping this one ?

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Marvelous. Thank you.

Terry said...

Thanks so much Melanchthon.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks for another great re-up!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

chuchuni said...

Excellent, thanks Mel.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Otis Foster said...

Nice to see it's stilll alive. Thnx melanchthon. Wilder was a marvelous composer, wrote beautiful things perfect material for high end cabaret artists and jazz vocalists - Tierney Sutton comes to mind.