2 larger group gems from trombonist Bob Brookmeyer – both of them great! First up is Kansas City Revisited – a very unusual session, especially considering Bob Brookmeyer's more modernist modes of the 50s! This album has Bob going back to roots you might not guess that he had – picking up bits of a Kansas City sound that (as he tells in the liner notes) clearly inspired him in the early days, and which is presented here surprisingly well by a septet that includes Bob on valve trombone, Al Cohn and Paul Quinichette on tenor, Nat Pierce on piano, Jim Hall on guitar, Addison Farmer on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums – all playing long and lean on some real Basie-styled numbers. Quinichette's presence really sets the tone for the record, and seems to pull out earthy qualities in the other players that we didn't even know they had – and on 2 numbers, Big Miller delivers some bluesy vocals as well. Titles include "Jumping At The Woodside", "A Blues", "Blue & Sentimental", and "Moten Swing". The second album on the set is Stretching Out – a 1958 date recorded under the leadership of Zoot Sims and Brookmeyer! The album features the Sims-Bob Brookmeyer Octet, a tight little group with a touch of modern, blowing here with ample solo space for all the best players! Lineup includes Charlie Persip on drums, Hank Jones on piano, Eddie Jones on bass, and Freddie Green on guitar – in addition to the frontline players Zoot Sims on tenor, Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Harry Edison on trumpet, and Al Cohn on tenor and baritone sax. Titles include "Stretching Out", "Now Will You Be Good", "King Porter", and "Bee Kay".
(Out of print.)