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Folk Jazz U.S.A.

Artist: John Benson Brooks
John Benson Brooks - Folk Jazz U.S.A. CD
Label: Lonehill Jazz
Regular Price: $15.95
On Sale For: $7.98 
Year: 2007
Format: CD


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2 obscure albums John Benson Brooks -- an overlooked 50s jazz composer who often had a penchant for higher concept recordings! The first half of the CD features Folk Jazz USA -- one of Brooks' most stripped down records -- done with a core group of Zoot Sims on alto, Al Cohn on baritone, Nick Travis on trumpet, Barry Gailbraith on guitar, Osie Johnson on drums, and Buddy Jones on bass. The style is kind of a chamber jazz reworking of tunes from folk sources -- done in a way that hangs modernist clothes on older melodies -- really dressing them up with the jazz charms of mid 50s RCA! Travis is especially strong on the set -- with boldly-stated lines that preserve the melodies, while other players really take off with their solos on the saxes. Titles include "Darling Corey", "Turtle Dove", "Black Is The Color", "Randall My Son", and "Venezuela". Next up is Alabama Concerto -- a record based around the solo talents of Art Farmer on trumpet and Cannonbal Adderley on alto sax! The album's based on a number of historical and mythical southern themes -- and although it gets a bit hokey at times, the work of Adderley and Art Farmer on the solo sections really opens up the piece and gives it a deep sense of soul. The setting is a drummer-less small group, with Barry Galbraith on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Brooks on occasional piano -- and themes include "The Loop", "Trampin", "Little John Shoes", "Milord's Calling", and "Rufus Playboy".
John Benson Brooks (piano); Nick Travis, Art Farmer (trumpet); Zoot Sims, Julian Cannonball Aderley (alto sax); Al Cohn (baritone sax); Barry Galbraith (guitar); Buddy Jones, Milt Hinton (bass); Osie Johnson (drums)
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