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June 26, 2009


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Jason Crane

Brookmeyer and Barthelme? Now that's a dinner party I would love to have attended.

Ed Leimbacher

From 2006, definitely worth a listen, in the Brookmeyer modern mode of jazz/Classical/big band (maybe won a prize or two?): Spirit Music, with Bob leading the New Art Orchestra in a program of seven lengthy originals, recorded in Germany, issued by the Artist Share group, maybe giving Maria Schneider a run for her supported-by-sponsors money. (One donor here is named Marc Mayer. A happy near-coincidence?)

Sarah R (UK)

The entire months of April and May I had a thing for Mr Brookmeyer. Out of the blue. I didn't tell anyone. I quietly fell in love with this man. Only to return from a break to see a FIVE part interview with Mr Brookmeyer. Bless YOU!

Red Colm O'Sullivan

"Well, I think I’m an interesting trombone player, as language, soul and time goes. I swing well, I think."

That's a brief quote, obviously, from your interview... Jesus! "Interesting", I'll say - Mr. Brookmeyer, in fact, is one of jazz's very greatest soloists... and, very pertinently, one of the greatest "blues" players amongst the great soloists, and that's not acknowledged often enough. I just love how he "SHOUTS" on the blues, never sounding contrived or fake (when he does it I'd put him in the same league as Snooky Young) and, I suppose, that's because of the narrative, discursive and constantly evolving instinct in his solos.
In the quintet with Clark Terry, Mr. Brookmeyer is often offering the blues with overpowering beauty and depth! (Can you imagine - because C.T. is my favourite kind of blues).
Really - has there ever been a "Greater" musician that this man? And it's all been willed into being, and constructed painstakingly and with an iron discipline and consistently, over decades: this is the guy who REALLY "created" himself (you know, like Yeats!).

David Johnson

Earlier today, I was in the shower humming Bob's solo on "A Nightengale Sang in Berkley Square" with Stan Getz. Still there from long ago. I get on the internet now and find your interview. So good to read that the music continues. This is so well done that is literature. Thank you for your fine work.

Charlton Price

This brilliantly conducted -- because you just nudge, and know that he knows what should be said next -- is an incomparable, unique piece of jazz history. There may be other oral histories from noted musicians somewhere, but I don;t know of any finer than this. And we are blessed that you were able to get this done in 2011;, though his time his time was about to end, he was clearly at peace with himself fully "with it."

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