Despite a career that began in the 1940s, the Pacific Northwest pianist Jack Brownlow recorded only two albums under his own name. When he died in 2007 Bruno, as he was known to his friends, left a stockpile of tapes from rehearsals, casual encounters and record dates. It is unlikely that any of them will ever emerge on commercially available albums, but by special arrangement with the Brownlow estate we can now and then play a piece or two on Rifftides. Here is an untitled blues that Bruno invented—complete with his celebrated chord voicings—in Portland, Oregon, late one night in 1963. The bassist is Brownlow’s young protege Jim Anderson (1941-2004), who blossomed under Bruno’s tutelage.
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Have a good weekend.