Valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer has recorded a number of compelling dates with European big bands for European-based labels, such as this session for Mons featuring Jazz Big Band Graz. Q & A: Jazz Big Band Graz Plays the Music of Bob Brookmeyer is a constantly shifting, hard-driving post-bop chart that showcases soprano saxophonist Klaus Gesing. "Eleven" sounds like the kind of chart Brookmeyer might have conceived for Gerry Mulligan, a piece both lyrical and tense. "Wedding Song" is a lovely ballad full of rich harmonies and a slight touch of melancholy; the leader is its only soloist. Brookmeyer's delicious "Over Here" serves as an exciting finale. Brookmeyer's richly textured writing is consistently challenging and well-served by the focused efforts of Jazz Big Band Graz. This warmly recommended German CD will be somewhat harder (but not impossible) to locate outside of Europe.
AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden