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Digitally remastered release containing the complete 1957 album Traditionalism Revisited, featuring Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall. As a bonus, three songs that complete the sessions which were absent from the original LP, as ... more »
Digitally remastered release containing the complete 1957 album Traditionalism Revisited, featuring Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall. As a bonus, three songs that complete the sessions which were absent from the original LP, as well as two rare live tracks recorded by Brookmeyer, Giuffre and Hall during a TV show have been added. Includes eight page booklet. 13 tracks. Essential Jazz Albums. 2009.
A Non-Avant Garde Must Have For Non-Traditionalists
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Brookmayer's long career have shown him to be amongst the most inspired arrangers of the post-Big Band Era. His genius was already obvious by the time of this great recording, though. Stints in support of Gerry Mulligan and Jimmy Giuffre (featured here!) had reinforced Bob's unique Valve Trombone style and distinctive arranging skills so that this release had a truly special place in the red-hot jazz world of the 1950s. The "traditionalism" were classic chestnuts of the early jazz canon, the "revisited" was the stylized recasting which Brookmayer, Giuffre and Jim Hall lent to them. As high a point in the "chamber jazz" movement as any of Giuffre's 3 or Chico Hamilton's recordings (which the curious are also strongly urged to check-out). "Kansas City Revisited" is also a must-have for anybody who enjoys this. For further research: Brookmayer's early-1980s return to the arranger's seat for some great Mel Lewis Big Band recordings!"
Alright Merritt J. Vincent
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike many recordings given 5 star ratings on amazon[.com], this one actually deserves it. If you like Brookmeyer, or if you like west coast jazz or cool jazz at all, you should be very interested in this highly creative work. I'm not sure exactly what Brookmeyer and his gang were going for, but what they succeeded in doing was taking old, old tunes (from the 1920s, etc.) and giving them a fresh, swinging, 1960s feel, without losing the their essential old-fashioned aspects. The result is some seriously interesting, seriously delightful music."