"Alabama Concerto" featuring Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton Cannonball and Art Farmer
- From: van <sgcim@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 01:15:49 -0700 (PDT)
This CD came in the other day, and it's got two albums by the composer/ arr. John Benson Brooks on one CD. I got it off of Amazon for $8 including shipping, for those interested in my good deal obsession.
The first LP was "Folk-Jazz USA" featuring Zoot on ALTO, and Al Cohn on Bari, with Nick Travis on trpt. and of course BG on guitar w/rhythm section.
Galbraith's main features on this are playing very nice rubato statement in solo chord melody of some of the tunes. This is a more straight ahead LP than the second one, so Barry plays pretty conventional rhythm guitar on the in tempo parts.
"Alabama Concerto" is a different case, as there are just FOUR musicians playing a long piece of music in many short sections.
The writing for bass and guitar is beautiful, and I can only compare it to Jimmy Giuffre's writing on "The Easy Way" LP he did with Hall and Pena.
The music is not as complicated as I thought it was, and though they mention that he hung out with George Russell and Gil Evans, he doesn't do crazy things with the time or harmony that those two usually did.
Cannonball shows he can also do miracles with the page as well as with his improvising, and Farmer sounds great as well.
The Alabama Concerto is one album I can reccommend to anyone who likes the chamber jazz approach to music, which is pretty esoteric, because only great musicians like the four above could pull it off.
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