Waltzing With Zoe

Waltzing With Zoe

by Bob Brookmeyer
     
 
Back in the swing era of the '30s and early to mid-'40s, big band leaders were not a minority in the jazz world. That was back when jazz was part of popular culture and many jazz improvisers found their names at the top of the pop charts. But times change; from the late '40s to the 21st century, big bands have (thanks to economics) been the exception instead of the

Overview

Back in the swing era of the '30s and early to mid-'40s, big band leaders were not a minority in the jazz world. That was back when jazz was part of popular culture and many jazz improvisers found their names at the top of the pop charts. But times change; from the late '40s to the 21st century, big bands have (thanks to economics) been the exception instead of the rule in jazz. These days, the vast majority of jazzmen will never have the chance to lead a big band. But Bob Brookmeyer has been among the lucky ones; the veteran valve trombonist has, over the years, done his share of arranging for large orchestras. Recorded in Holland in January 2001, this Dutch release finds a 71-year-old Brookmeyer conducting a 19-piece big band he calls the New Art Orchestra. Many of the musicians are Dutch, and the outfit includes a four-piece rhythm section as well as 15 horn players (including Brookmeyer himself). Brookmeyer wrote everything on the album, and his arrangements are quite attractive on classical-influenced post-bop pieces like "Child at Play," "Fireflies," and "For Maria" (which was written for big band leader Maria Schneider). Another highlight of the CD is the somber "American Tragedy," which was not inspired by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 -- Waltzing With Zoe was recorded eight months before those attacks -- but rather, by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that caused Al Gore to concede to George W. Bush in the presidential race of 2000. In Brookmeyer's opinion, the Supreme Court made a decision that was inspired by partisan politics rather than law. But whether you agree or disagree with Brookmeyer's political views, "American Tragedy" is a fine piece of music. And Waltzing With Zoe is a fine addition to his catalog.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2002
Label:
Challenge
UPC:
0608917008128
catalogNumber:
70081

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Brookmeyer   Primary Artist,Conductor,Valve Trombone
John Hollenbeck   Drums
Adrian Mears   Trombone
Achim Kaufmann   Synthesizer
Edward Partyka   Bass Trombone
Nils Van Haften   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Kris Goessens   Piano
Matthias Erlewein   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jan Oosting   Trombone
Thorsten Benkenstein   Flugelhorn
Sebastian Strempel   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Edgar Herzog   Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Marko Lackner   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Oliver Leicht   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Torsten Maaß   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ingmar Heller   Bass

Technical Credits

Bob Brookmeyer   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Hein van de Geyn   Executive Producer
Dick Kuijs   Executive Producer
Chris Weeda   Engineer

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