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.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden