Bob Brookmeyer first started out as a pianist, but gained fame as a trombonist in the Gerry Mulligan quartet. A top arranger as well, he often switched back to piano and could hold his own with jazz's best. On this disc you'll also hear a set from Jimmy Giuffre. Since he began his career playing in the '40s, Giuffre has made a career out of creating surprising music.
2 LPs on 1 CD: Bob Brookmeyer: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST (1960)/Jimmy Giuffre: THE FOUR BROTHERS SOUND (1958).
Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff and Martin Williams.
PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST:
Personnel: Bob Brookmeyer (trombone, piano); Gene Quill (alto saxophone, clarinet); Gene Allen (tenor & baritone saxophones); Al Cohn (tenor saxophone); Danny Bank (baritone saxophone, flute, bass clarinet); Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Nick Travis, Irvin Markowitz, Ray Copeland (trumpet); Earl Chapin, John Barrows (French horn); Frank Rehak (trombone); Don Butterfield, Bill Barber (tuba); George Duvivier (bass); Charlie Persip (drums).
Originally released on Atlantic (1320).
THE FOUR BROTHERS SOUND:
Personnel: Jimmy Giuffre (tenor saxophone); Bob Brookmeyer (piano); Jim Hall (guitar).
Originally released on Atlantic (1295).
Personnel: Bob Brookmeyer (trombone, piano); Danny Bank (flute, clarinet, baritone saxophone); Gene Quill (clarinet, alto saxophone); Jimmy Giuffre, Al Cohn (tenor saxophone); Ernie Royal, Irwin "Marky" Markowitz, Ray Copeland , Bernie Glow, Nick Travis (trumpet); John Barrows, Earl Chapin (French horn); Frank Rehak (trombone); Billy Barber , Don Butterfield (tuba); Charlie Persip (drums).
Recording information: 06/23/1958-04/06/1959.
In 1999, Collectables released Portrait of the Artist/Four Brothers Sound, which contained two complete albums -- Portrait of the Artist (1960, originally released on Atlantic) and Four Brothers Sound (1958, originally released on Atlantic) -- by Bob Brookmeyer on one compact disc. ~ Jason Birchmeier