Brubeck Brothers

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This trio date with keyboardist Andy LaVerne, electric bassist and bass trombonist Chris Brubeck, and drummer Dan Brubeck was briefly available on Blackhawk prior to the label's demise, but it deserved a better fate. LaVerne, a talented pianist who previously worked with Stan Getz, wrote most of the songs for this date and is rather creative in his use of the synthesizers, often subtly adding them carefully for color, while also using them for more dramatic effect, as on the blazing post-bop "Upward Mobility." Chris Brubeck wrote "Tempest," which features his impressive bass trombone and electric bass solos in a piece that refuses to be pigeonholed into one musical category. Dan Brubeck's percussion is phenomenal throughout the date, but it is especially noteworthy on the intense "You Tell Me." It is a shame that this is the sole recording made by this short-lived trio, but the track record that each of its members has achieved since this 1986 release will have their respective fans hunting used record bins and the Internet in search of this likely collectible LP.

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