Brubek Brothers – Classified

Brubek BrothersClassified
Koch – 2008

Classified is an innovative new 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 follow up to the Brubeck Brother Quartet’s highly acclaimed 2007 chart-topping recording Intuition.

2008 Grammy winner David Balakrishnan (Turtle Island String Quartet Founder) describes Classified as “an absorbing and evocative collection of original jazz compositions… At the centerpiece of this recording is Chris Brubeck’s ingenious composition “Vignettes For Nonet” featuring the 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.

This CD marks the BBQ recording debut of Chuck Lamb. Two of Mr. Lamb’s compositions are included on this CD, the atmospheric “Cool on the Coast,” and “Heyoke,” which features dynamic interplay between the drums and the piano. Guitarist Mike DeMicco contributed “Eclipse,” a solo vehicle which culminates in a sizzling drum solo played with cluster sticks; and “Good Question” – – a melodious tune in � with an ending that fades on a polyrhythmic groove.