Bob Brookmeyer – The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer (Remastered)

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The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer is an album by jazz trombonist and pianist Bob Brookmeyer recorded in 1954 and 1955 for the Prestige label.

This CD reissue has four selections apiece from two different bands, both of which feature subtle interplay and cool tones. Bob Brookmeyer plays valve trombone and piano on two songs apiece with his 1955 quartet, a group also including guitarist Jimmy Raney, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Mel Lewis. The other half of this disc is actually led by vibraphonist Teddy Charles who features Brookmeyer on both of his instruments along with bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Ed Shaughnessy; Nancy Overton takes a vocal on “Nobody’s Heart.” Although the overall set is not all that essential, the music is pleasing and reasonably creative.(Scott Yanow/AllMusic,

Rocky Scotch” (Bob Brookmeyer) – 4:40
Under the Lilacs” (Bob Brookmeyer) – 5:07
They Say It’s Wonderful” (Irving Berlin) – 5:49
Potrezebie” (Jimmy Raney) – 4:49
Revelation” (Gerry Mulligan) – 5:46
Star Eyes” (Gene de Paul, Don Raye) – 4:29
Nobody’s Heart” (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 4:25
Loup-Garou” (Teddy Charles) – 4:38

Bob Brookmeyer – valve trombone, piano
Jimmy Raney – guitar (tracks 1-4)
Teddy Charles – vibraphone (tracks 5-8)
Teddy Kotick – bass
Mel Lewis (tracks 1-4), Ed Shaughnessy (tracks 5-8) – drums
Nancy Overton – vocals (track 7)


Released: 1956
Recorded: January 6, 1954 and June 30, 1955
Studio: New York City and Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Length: 30:28
Label: Prestige
PRLP 7066
Producer: Bob Weinstock