Bob Brookmeyer: The '54 Quartets - JazzWax

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May 05, 2009


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Bill Forbes

Good to see you drawing attention to this fine music, Marc. It must have been lost for years in the wastes of long-deleted 1950s 10" vinyl until recent reissues. The Mosaic Select, which I largely bought for later, better known albums like Traditionalism Revisited, made me aware of how good The Bob Brookmeyer Quartet album was. And I recently got hold of Bob Brookmeyer Featuring Al Cohn by buying a 2 CD set of 1950's Cohn material put out very cheaply by the UK label Avid. The problem for collectors now is one of duplication. The original Modernity of Bob Brookmeyer looks very tasty, but buying the Fresh Sound disc would give me a second copy of The Bob Brookmeyer Quartet. In some ways, we've moved from famine to over-supply!

Denis Ouellet

Wonderful read. Luckily Bob is still with us.
How about that 2 CD set with Al Cohn ?
Have been looking for this but no joy.


Jon Foley

Denis Ouellet ---
Here it is on Amazon:

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