| Bob Brookmeyer (US), b. 1929, directed The Danish
Radio Big Band featuring Prize Winner Tony Coe and performed with The 1995
JAZZPAR Combo also featuring Tony Coe as well as David Hazeltine, Thomas
Ovesen and Steve Argüelles at The JAZZPAR Event 1995.
As the most notable valve trombone player in jazz Brookmeyer
adds a modern cool, subtle approach to the slide trombone humor of the
swing masters. And he can explode too!
Bob Brookmeyer's contributions as an arranger and conductor
can hardly be overrated. Over the years he has manifested a rare and valuable
gift for combining the jazz tradition with new currents. He has been capable
of fusing the qualities of Gil Evans and Gerry Mulligan into a simple,
unpretentious, and expressive manner. Periodically returning as a guest
conductor he has had a great impact on The DRBB. JAZZPAR 1995 was a preliminary
to Brookmeyer's start as the chief conductor of that band from January
His main ambition was to unfold further a distinctive
DRBB identity, sound, and fire, thus consolidating the band's position
as an internationally leading ensemble of its kind. Likewise, the presentation
of Coe and Brookmeyer together was no mere coincidence. For some time
they had entertained a mutual wish to join forces. Furthermore, after
a preceding tour in GB the trinity of Coe, Brookmeyer, and DRBB no doubt
played into each other's hands, the repertory including Coe compositions
written especially for the occasion.