Bob Brookmeyer – Gloomy Sunday and Other Bright Moments

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Gloomy Sunday and Other Bright Moments is an album by jazz trombonist and arranger Bob Brookmeyer recorded in 1961 for the Verve label. Brookmeyer said “I consider it my pride and joy. I took many creative risks here, most based on the heels of working with Bill [Finegan]. I used woodwinds, double reeds and other instrument configurations I hadn’t used before. My attitude toward the orchestration was really a big step forward in my development”.

AllMusic awarded the album 4 stars.

Track listing:
Caravan” (Juan Tizol, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 3:40
Why Are You Blue” (Gary McFarland) – 4:22
Some of My Best Friends” (Al Cohn) – 5:10
Gloomy Sunday” (Rezső Seress) – 5:40
Ho Hum” (Bob Brookmeyer) – 4:40
Detour Ahead” (Herb Ellis, Johnny Frigo, Lou Carter) – 4:30
Days Gone By; Oh My!” (Gary McFarland) – 5:00
Where, Oh Where” (Cole Porter) – 3:45

Personnel:
Bob Brookmeyer – valve trombone
Bernie Glow, Joe Newman (tracks 3 & 4), Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry, Nick Travis (tracks 1, 2 & 5-8) – trumpet
Wayne Andre, Billy Byers (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6 & 8), Bill Elton (tracks 2, 5 & 7), Alan Raph – trombone
Wally Kane – bassoon (tracks 4 & 8)
Eddie Caine – alto saxophone, flute
Phil Woods – alto saxophone, clarinet (tracks 2-5 & 7)
Gene Quill (track 1), Eddie Wasserman (tracks 2 & 4) – alto saxophone
Phil Bodner – tenor saxophone, oboe, English horn
Al Cohn – tenor saxophone (tracks 1-3, 5 & 7)
Gene Allen – baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Eddie Costa – vibraphone, percussion
Hank Jones – piano
George Duvivier – bass
Mel Lewis – drums
Bob Brookmeyer (tracks 5-8), Ralph Burns (track 1), Al Cohn (track 3), Gary McFarland (track 2), Eddie Sauter (track 4) – arranger

Released: 1961
Recorded: November 6, 7 & 8, 1961
New York City
Label: Verve
V/V6 8455
Producer: Creed Taylor

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