Down Beat - 2/00, p.684.5 out of 5
- "...features the amazing baritonist Scott Robinson in heartily swinging to deeply emotive moods....engaging, yet accessible writing..."
JazzTimes - 10/00, pp.95-6
"...The orchestra is in commendable shape for its debut recording. The major work is Brookmeyer's 'Celebration Suite', which consists of the jumpy 'Jig', 'Slow Dance', the almost funereal 'Remembering' and the bright, sometimes tumultuous 'Two And'..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 1/00, p.31
Included in Mojo Magazine's "Best Jazz Albums" of 1999.
New Art Orchestra.
Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra: Bob Brookmeyer (conductor); Marko Lackner, Stefan Pfeifer (alto saxophone); Paul Heller, Nils Van Haften (tenor saxophone); Marcus Bartelt (baritone saxophone); Thorsten Benkenstein, Torsten Mass, Sebastian Strempel, Ralf Hesse, Jorg Engels (trumpet); Ludwig Nuss, Ansgar Striepens, Christian Jakso (trombone); Edward Partyka (bass trombone); Kris Goessens (piano); Jurgen Grimm (keyboards); Ingmar Heller (bass); John Hollenbeck (drums); Christopher Dell (percussion).
Additional personnel: Scott Robinson (baritone saxophone).
Recorded at Bauer Studio, Ludwigsburg, Germany from July 28-30, 1997. Includes liner notes by Scott Yanow.
Personnel: Marko Lackner (alto saxophone); Nils Van Haften (tenor saxophone); Scott Robinson (baritone saxophone); Sebastian Strempel, Thorsten Benkenstein, John Engels, Ralf Hesse (trumpet); Ansgar Striepens, Ludwig Nuss (trombone); Edward Partyka (bass trombone); Kris Goessens (piano); John Hollenbeck (drums); Christopher Dell (percussion).
Recording information: Bauer Studio, Ludwigsburg, Germ (07/28/1997-07/30/1997).
Photographer: Joost Leijen.
This stunning release features the recording debut of Bob Brookmeyer's New Art Orchestra, made up mostly of young Europeans recruited by the valve trombonist while touring the Continent. The four-part suite "Celebration" was originally written as a feature for the late baritone sax great Gerry Mulligan for a special concert in 1994, two years before his death. Scott Robinson fills Mulligan's role admirably on this initial recording of this extended work, and Brookmeyer's incredible voicings within the haunting ballad movement "Remembering" are also worth noting. The tracks following the suite are a diverse lot, but all of them merit strong praise. The leader's solo on the closer, "Boom Boom," demonstrates that his playing is as exciting as ever. Highly recommended! ~ Ken Dryden