Sad Song is an extremely deep and poignant work from Bob’s period as musical director for the Mel Lewis Orchestra in the early 1980s. For years, it went un-recorded (and almost never performed) until the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra recorded it on their newest release, Over Time: The Music of Bob Brookmeyer. It’s a beautiful work that showcases Bob’s quest for new sounds and a new approach to big band writing, and even has a nod to Bartok as well. It is a solo for Flute (Dick Oatts on the Vanguard album) and showcases the band’s collective singing abilities.
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