Clark Terry

Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer

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This obscure LP released in 1973 reveals previously unknown performances from the Clark Terry-Bob Brookmeyer quintet, a very likable unit of the period. Terry's flugelhorn and Brookmeyer's valve trombone blended together very well, they both had hard-swinging but witty styles, and their ensemble work was frequently exciting. With the fine support of pianist Eddie Costa (in one of his last sessions), bassist Joe Benjamin, and drummer Osie Johnson, Terry and Brookmeyer perform two originals, "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" and "Stolen Moments"; the four renditions clock in between eight-and-a-half and 12 minutes. Excellent music, but this album will be difficult to find.