Classified

Classified is a superbly played affair, heavy on ballads and blues, that pics up where the group's 2006 Intuition left off.

Chris Brubeck, Bass & Bass Trombone
Dan Brubeck, Drums
Mike DeMicco, Guitar
Chuck Lamb, Piano
with Special Guests: Imami Winds

Tracks

1. Good Question
2. Cool on the Coast
3. Eclipse
4. Dance of the Shadows
5. Heyoke
6. 7th Scene
7. Friends Beyond Time
8. Vignettes for Nonet (Mvt I)
9. Vignettes for Nonet (Mvt II)
10. Vignettes for Nonet (Mvt III)
11. Blue Rondo

Label: KOCH Records - KIC 7714

“The music is uniformly excellent in its composition, execution, and recording quality. 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 nothing out there that comes close to their unique blend of inventiveness.” -- All About Jazz (March 24, 2008)

"Classified" is an innovative collection of original jazz and classical compositions by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (BBQ) featuring Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds. These two inventive forces have teamed up for this ground-breaking recording that further expands the boundaries of jazz/classical crossover as never before. Classified is Chris Brubeck’s fourth recording on the Koch label and is the follow up to the Brubeck Brother Quartet’s highly acclaimed 2007 chart-topping recording Intuition (released in 2006). 2008 Grammy winner David Balakrishnan (Turtle Island String Quartet Founder) describes Classified as “an absorbing and evocative collection of original jazz compositions that also provide a fascinating inside glimpse into the rapidly evolving genre of music known as classical crossover. … At the centerpiece of this recording is Chris Brubeck’s ingenious composition “Vignettes For Nonet” featuring the Imani Winds. In these three movements, the listener enters in to a dreamscape of the composer’s making in which the classically trained wind quintet sits down with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet to partake in a veritable musical feast." It was a natural fit to make the first recording of Vignettes with the innovative quintet, Imani Winds. They enjoy a reputation for collaborating with revered jazz artists such as Wayne Shorter and Paquito d’Rivera, and now the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. The talented Imanis embrace the attitude of stretching the parameters of what is known as “chamber music.” Their sense of musicality, fun, virtuosity, and superb ensemble work is evident on this recording. It also demands the pianist be a sophisticated improviser who can creatively navigate challenging harmonic progressions.