- Released: June 18, 2013
- Label: Phoenix Spain
- 2.Santa Claus Blues
- 4.Some Sweet Day
- 5.Sweet Like This
- 6.Ja Da
- 7.Don't Be That Way
- 8.Honeysuckle Rose
- 9.Brook's Blues
- 10.Slow Freight
- 11.The Sheik of Araby
- 12.Pony Express (feat. Jimmy Giuffre & Jim Hall)
- 13.Down Home (feat. Jimmy Giuffre & Jim Hall)
This 1998 reissue contains 2 bonus tracks not included on the original release.
Personnel: Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone, piano); Jimmy Giuffre (tenor & baritone saxophones, clarinet); Jim Hall (guitar); Joe Benjamin, Ralph Pena (bass); Dave Bailey (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, California in July 1957.
Digitally remastered using 20-bit Super Bit Mapping.
This is part of Pacific Jazz's West Coast Classics series.
This Pacific Jazz album is a bit unusual. Bob Brookmeyer (on valve trombone and piano), Jimmy Giuffre (switching between clarinet, baritone and tenor), guitarist Jim Hall, either Joe Benjamin or Ralph Pena on bass and drummer Dave Bailey perform eight songs from the 1920s and '30s including some obscurities. While these selections have occasionally been revived by Dixieland and swing bands, Brookmeyer and his group use harmonies that were modern for the 1950s to update such tunes as "Louiaiana," "Truckin'," "Honeysuckle Rose" and even "Santa Claus Blues." Because the musicians have a respect for the older styles, they extend rather than break the tradition; the results are quite enjoyable. ~ Scott Yanow