I just found out that Bob Brookmeyer died last night. There will be countless rememberances from countless musicians in the coming days.
They will probably say it better than I could, so I'll be brief.
My first exposure to Brookmeyer was on 1950's Gerry Mulligan Quartet recordings in which BB played the valve trombone. He was amazingly clear and economical in the development of his lines, not unlike Paul Desmond. Here's the GMQ's version of Lullaby of the Leaves from the famous live recording made in France.
A few years later I became aware of the Mel Lewis Orchestra and their live at the Village Vanguard recording circa 1980-81. This record featured the compositions and arrangements of Brookmeyer, which eventually seeped into my own musical DNA. Here's the opening track from that record, one which I never tire of, Ding Dong Ding.
I'll join the throng here: We love you and your music, Bob. And we'll remember you fondly.
And, for what it may be worth, here's a jazz ensemble composition of mine which is a nod to Bob Brookmeyer, entitled Great Big Ball with a Map Wrapped Around It.