Jimmy Raney Featuring Bob Brookmeyer

Performers Jimmy Raney

Verve (USA) | January 31, 2006 | Compact Disc

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Though Jimmy Raney recorded under his own name as early as 1953, it's this 1956 set that is regarded as his arrival as a leader. Raney is as fine an arranger as he is a guitarist. These eight tracks with Bob Brookmeyer on trombone -- another fine arranger in a soloist's role -- shine with the ease and fluidity of the best of the cool sessions recorded at the dawn of hard bop. One of the finest examples of the interplay between Raney and Brookmeyer occurs at the beginning of the album's second track, "How Long Has This Been Goin' On," where the pair engage in a brief contrapuntal dialogue before Brookmeyer solos on the melody and Raney fills the space behind him gently by whispering his chords and fills through the trombonist's phrasing before taking his own solo and slipping an inverted harmonic pattern on the tune's lyric line. The pair re-engage about halfway through before Dick Katz solos on piano with a bluesy series of runs in the upper register. Raney's own tunes, such as "The Flag Is Up," are strident and swinging without losing their breezy, cool feel . Raney's solo is a mix of bop phrasing and heated arpeggios that glide effortlessly into Katz's comping. Brookmeyer's "Get Off That Roof," is another swinging mini opus that offers a new view of the trombonist as soloist. Hank Jones plays piano here and is stellar at creating a solid backdrop for both front line players. This is as fine a set from the end of the cool jazz period as one is likely to hear. It was made available in early 2006 for the first time on CD as part of the Decca Originals series issued by Verve. ~ Thom Jurek

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 31, 2006

Genre: Cool

Style: Jazz Vocal

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2006

Label Name: Verve (USA)

UPC: 602498883334

Found in: Cool

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Jimmy Raney Featuring Bob Brookmeyer

Jimmy Raney Featuring Bob Brookmeyer

Performers Jimmy Raney
Producer Creed Taylor

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 31, 2006

Genre: Cool

Style: Jazz Vocal

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2006

Label Name: Verve (USA)

UPC: 602498883334


Title Track Time
1.Isn't It Romantic? --
2.How Long Has This Been Going On? --
3.No Male For Me --
4.Flag Is Up, The --
5.Get Off That Roof --
6.Jim's Tune --
7.Nobody Else But Me --
8.Too Late Now --

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Though Jimmy Raney recorded under his own name as early as 1953, it's this 1956 set that is regarded as his arrival as a leader. Raney is as fine an arranger as he is a guitarist. These eight tracks with Bob Brookmeyer on trombone -- another fine arranger in a soloist's role -- shine with the ease and fluidity of the best of the cool sessions recorded at the dawn of hard bop. One of the finest examples of the interplay between Raney and Brookmeyer occurs at the beginning of the album's second track, "How Long Has This Been Goin' On," where the pair engage in a brief contrapuntal dialogue before Brookmeyer solos on the melody and Raney fills the space behind him gently by whispering his chords and fills through the trombonist's phrasing before taking his own solo and slipping an inverted harmonic pattern on the tune's lyric line. The pair re-engage about halfway through before Dick Katz solos on piano with a bluesy series of runs in the upper register. Raney's own tunes, such as "The Flag Is Up," are strident and swinging without losing their breezy, cool feel . Raney's solo is a mix of bop phrasing and heated arpeggios that glide effortlessly into Katz's comping. Brookmeyer's "Get Off That Roof," is another swinging mini opus that offers a new view of the trombonist as soloist. Hank Jones plays piano here and is stellar at creating a solid backdrop for both front line players. This is as fine a set from the end of the cool jazz period as one is likely to hear. It was made available in early 2006 for the first time on CD as part of the Decca Originals series issued by Verve. ~ Thom Jurek
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