Bob Brookmeyer: 1929-2011

Brookmyer @ IAJE 2006

Bob Brookmeyer died in his sleep Thursday night in a hospital near his home in Grantham, New Hampshire. He would have been 82 on December 19. The cause is reported as congestive heart failure. Several weeks ago, Bob sent me a test pressing of the next album by his New Art Orchestra. He attached a note: This CD is very much a pre-production sample. Please hold close to your vest. I have been listening to it repeatedly and holding it close, only to learn today that it has been … [Read more...]

Jan Allan

Jan Allan

Sweden has been on my mind in connection with the deadline project that is slowing my Rifftides output. The project does not involve Jan Allan, but he is Swedish and it occurs to me that not enough of you may know about this splendid trumpeter. Here he is playing in the northern university town of Umeå in 1994. The piece is “The Man I Love.” Jan Allan with Kjell Öhman, piano; Georg Riedel bass; Petur Östlund drums. A sad footnote, evidently added to the YouTube page by … [Read more...]