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2 LPs ON 1 CD
24 BIT DIGITALLY REMASTERED
John Benson Brooks (1917-1999) had been on the scene for a long time before his 1956 album Folk Jazz, U.S.A. came out on the Vik label. From the early to mid-40 s he composed and wrote arrangements for the swing bands of Eddie De Lange, Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey and for the fine, but little-appreciated group of Randy Brooks.
With Folk Jazz U.S.A. he created a surprise success, proving that a mainly Anglo-American body of folk material could be revitalized in a modern jazz idiom with Afro-American roots.
The way Brooks integrated soloists Zoot Sims on alto, Al Cohn on baritone, and Nick Travis on trumpet and backgrounds is consistently impressive. Also noticeable are the pianistic contributions of Brooks, and the invaluable assistance of guitarist Barry Galbraith, especially in the slow tempos.
Brooks second jazz recording, Alabama Concerto, is an extended work recorded in 1958, based on folk themes collected in Alabama by Harold Courlander and blended with jazz virtuosity and classical composition. Brooks used them as a concerto, in which written themes, written solos, and improvised solos alternate, executed by the warm approach of two story-telling soloists such as Cannonball Adderley on alto and Art Farmer on trumpet, and by the excellent rhythm section.
These two memorable albums of remarkable musicianship in both the collective and individual sense are part of Brooks legacy and contribution to the evolution of jazz.
Package Dimensions : 5.55 x 4.96 x 0.55 inches; 5.92 Ounces
Manufacturer : Fresh Sound New
Date First Available : August 11, 2017
Label : Fresh Sound New
ASIN : B074QVPDBX
Number of discs : 1