Brubeck Brothers Quartet presented by Gualala Arts in association with Fred Adler, KTDE (100.5 FM)
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet will be presented by Gualala Arts Jazz Series in association with Fred Adler, KDTE (100.5 FM) on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30(the show will be $5 more the day of if available).
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of Americas most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck (drums,) and Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone.) Guitarist Mike DeMicco, and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete this dynamic quartet. They have performed at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport, Detroit, Ravinia, Las Vegas, Sedona, Spokane & Monterey Jazz Festivals.
Their hour long concert at Sierra Nevada Brewery has been broadcast on the nationally syndicated program: Sierra Center Stage. The BBQ was chosen to kick off the New Year with an hour long, coast-to-coast live broadcast on Toast of the Nation on National Public Radio. Their new Koch release, Classified, has already earned this rave review from All About Jazz: Once again the BBQ attains that rarefied level where music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. There's really nothing out there that comes close to their unique brand of inventiveness.
These versatile musicians also collaborate with orchestras, and in 2006 ignited the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival by playing with the Utah Symphony conducted by Keith Lockhart. With Chris Brubecks compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.
The Brubeck Brothers Quartets debut Koch recording, Intuition, impressed the national jazz media and spent several weeks in the top ten radio charts while earning enthusiastic reviews from JazzTimes, Downbeat, Boston Globe and many other respected publications. Intuition was measure for measure one of the hardest swinging sets of the year. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Although the quartets style is rooted in straight-ahead jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. The groups creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.
JazzTimes Review of The Brubeck Brothers Quartet's "Classified" CD:
The wordplay in the title of the Brubeck Brothers third release has no particular resonance until track eight, when the three-movement "Vignettes for Nonet" comes along. Composed by bassist Chris Brubeck, the suite is a luxuriant and sprightly commingling of the core quartets postbop sensibilities and the springy classical colorations of the five-piece Imani Winds. Until then, Classified is a superbly played, if not always innovative affair, heavy on ballads and blues, that picks up where the groups 2006 Intuition left off. Chuck Lamb is the new pianist, replacing previous members Pete Levin and Taylor Eigsti, and his elegance is showcased amply, as in the swinging "Eclipse," wherein Lamb and the songs composer, mainstay BBQ guitarist Mike DeMicco, peel out nimble solo runs that keep Chris and drummer brother Dan always ready for action. In "Dance of the Shadows," authored by the brothers, Chris Brubeck grabs an opportunity to put his bass trombone to good usethe quasi-bossa reinforces these players ingenuity and eagerness to surprise.
The two Brubecks, sons of one of jazzs uncontested legends, have always held their own, and their lockstep rhythmic formations are never less than admirable here, and often quite exciting. But theres no denying the work comes truly alive with the suite. The integration of reeds and jazz quartet is picture perfect, cinematic in scope and often breathtakingly beautiful. In particular, the third movement, subtitled "Tales of the Bazaar," coaxes complexities out of Lamb and DeMicco that are only hinted at in the previous tracks. Almost as an afterthought, the trio of interrelated tracks gives way to an album-closing cover of dad Daves "Blue Rondo a la Turk," one the two brothers have probably been playing since they first picked up instruments. Its a dynamic, often clever take, but almost superfluous in the wake of the successful classical experiment.
-Jeff Tamarkin, JAZZ TIMES Magazine, October, 2008
Saturday, November 8th, 2008 7:48 PM
Other "CLASSIFIED" Reviews:
"The music is uniformly excellent in its composition, execution, and recording quality. Once again the BBQ attains that rarefield level where music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. There's nothing out there that comes close to their unique blend of inventiveness."
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ, Dr. Judith Schlesinger
"You already recognize the last name, but I would much prefer to play this track for you on a blindfold test. The first thing you would notice is the stelar rhythm section -- clean, crisp swing with great interaction between the players, and a very smart use of space. Sometimes guitar and piano clash in a small combo, but not with DeMicco and Lamb, who show how these two instruments are supposed to work together. And the same can be said for the Brubeck brothers. Dan Brubeck's drumming is a revelation ... Some serious fraternal camaraderie is going down here. This track deserves a double dose of airplay."
- Ted Gioia, Jazz.com (reviewing 'Good Question' on "Classified")
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