Music For String Quartet & Orchestra

Music For String Quartet & Orchestra

Bob Brookmeyer, Klimt!, Metropole Orchestra

Label: Challenge Jazz
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917013627
Catalog number: CHR 70136
Releasedate: 27-02-09
The Orchestra is the best time I have in studio, in Europe or anywhere else. They have become one of the essential voices in music. Bob Brookmeyer (from liner notes)
  • Brookmeyer-Klimt-Metropole form a Golden Triangle
  • New composed music on the edge of classical and jazz
  • Veteran Jazz (Valve-trombone) Giant reveals himself as genuine composer/conductor
Arlia de Ruiter:  violin | Pauline Terlouw: violin | Mieke Honingh: viola | Bastiaan van der Werf: cello | The Metropole Orchestra conducted by Bob Brookmeyer.

I am very pleased to introduce this new work to you. It was a joy to do from the first note -- for the Orchestra, the Quartet and one grateful composer.  Now for some history -- a few years ago I had a project for the Metropole Orchestra and Kenny Wheeler. The violist, Mieke Honingh, came to me and told me of their Quartet and asked me to consider writing a piece for them. I was pleased but busy and the months passed. Mieke would not be denied, though, and soon I received a note from producer Frits Bayens, asking for a project for String Quartet AND Orchestra. It was both challenging and scary, a delicious package. I set to work and wound up with over 50 pages of sketches -- that’s a lot for me. I began to write the score and ended up with three Movements -- #1,2 and 4 on the CD. The recording was very successful and the mood in the studio -- from musicians and producers -- was -- MORE! We decided to add some time to fit a CD and #3 came into being.

While writing for the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra in 1980, I began to “go over to the other side” -- composing for classical players and trying to be very “in your face” and ultra modern. I had spent most my life in jazz music and some NY commercial work and I was very hungry for
some new horizons to investigate. Cologne and Stockholm were very open to a new face so, with their cooperation, I was allowed to experiment, fail, succeed and grow in my craft. Without them I would have remained trapped by my past.

In general, the orchestration is a result of too many odds and ends to list -- all of the many and varied things I have done over the past 63 years contributed and I did study and listen carefully to get better. So, you now have some music that I am glad to send to you -- I still enjoy it and hope you will also.
Bob Brookmeyer (Kansas City,1929) studied at the Kansas City Conservatory, played between 1951 and 1960 with Terry Gibbs, Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan and Jimmy Giuffre. He played an important role in the development of the valve-trombone as jazz instrument. This CD entirely features his hitherto under-exposed and therefore underestimated skills as composer and conductor.The Gustav Klimt String Quartet (Klimt! for short), founded in 1993 by members of the Metropole Orchestra, has its own place and status in the Dutch music-scene, specializing in performing Jazz and Pop next to the classical repertoire. Klimt! collaborated with international top-class artists such as Elvis Costello, Brad Mehldau, Gino Vanelli, Paul Weller, Lee Konitz and various Dutch jazz artists and pop stars , with whom the string quartet recorded many CDs. The Metropole Orchestra is the world’s largest professional pop and jazz orchestra. Renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire, the Metropole Orchestra performs chansons, cabaret as well as top-of- the-pops and film scores. The burgeoning Dutch film industry relies on the Metropole Orchestra for its film scores and the orchestra’s fame is spreading rapidly as a main player in the international film industry. The orchestra has worked with the most important names in the world of pop, jazz and cabaret: Oleta Adams, Charles Aznavour, Shirley Bassey,
Andrea Bocelli, John Cale, Joe Cocker, Elvis Costello, Eddie Daniels, Céline Dion, Brian Eno, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Junkie XL, The King’s Singers, Chaka Khan, Pat Metheny, Ivan Lins, John Scofield, The Swingle Singers, Jean
‘Toots’ Thielemans, Mel Tormé, Steve Vai, Sarah Vaughan, Dionne Warwick, Andy Williams, Nancy Wilson, bandoneonist Dino Saluzzi, Trijntje Oosterhuis, the Turkish singer Sezen Aksu and fado-queen Mariza.