Weekend Extra: A Brownlow Blues

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 Brownlow, Bronxville 2them 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.

For an obituary of Jack Brownlow, go here. For further Rifftides posts about him, enter his name in the Search box above the right column.

Have a good weekend.

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  1. says

    Soundcloud format looks great, Doug.

    Bruno was a treasure. It is amazing to think that “back in the day,” people in Seattle could drop by Canlis Steakhouse and hear this great musician working on a weekly basis.

    Thanks for making more of his timeless music available.

  2. Marvin Thomas says

    Whenever my wife and I had the $$ we would head to Canlis to listen to and chat with Jack. And when Jack learned that we had a budding jazzer in the family, he would put important music that he felt Jay should be aware of on cassette tapes and all labeled in his very neat hand writing.
    I credit and am ever thankful to Jack and Bill Ramsay for all the help they gave Jay just at the right time in his life.

    Thanks Doug for keeping Jack’s memory alive..

  3. says

    Pure, sophisticated, and deep: Bruno obviously knew “his” Bird who would have loved to join the two and make it three for the blues. I dig that romantic 11-bar intro. The key of G gives it a light, a translucent touch. Lovely!