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One Stone Two Birds

  • 1. Mimi's Mambo
    2. Bo-Beh-Lo
    3. Purple Friggin' Dinosaur
    4. One Stone, Two Birds
    5. Ky by Sky
    6. Griegarious Skang
    7. Boppa's Bossa
    8. Uh-Ah-Ooo-Ah
    9. Sunbird
    10. Wouberfish
    11. Triptophan
    12. Magnum P.I. Theme
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 377

  • Credits
    EngineerPeter Kontrimas

    The Sofferman Perspective: Brooke Sofferman (drums); Jerry Bergonzi (tenor saxophone); Phil Grenadier (trumpet); Alexei Tsiganov (piano); Norm Zocher (guitar); Thomson Kneeland, Abby Aronson (bass).
    Recorded at PBS Studios, Westwood, Pennsylvania in 2003. Includes liner notes by Ken Franckling.
    Personnel: Brooke Sofferman (drums); Abby Aronson (vocals, electric bass); Norm Zocher (guitar); Jerry Bergonzi (tenor saxophone); Phil Grenadier (trumpet); Thomson Kneeland (acoustic bass).
    Audio Mixers: Peter Kontrimas; Brooke Sofferman.
    Liner Note Author: Ken Franckling.
    Recording information: PBS, Westwood, MA (06/17/2003/06/18/2003).
    Arranger: Brooke Sofferman.
    Although Brooke Sofferman is a fine drummer, on this set (his third as a leader), he is perhaps most significant as a composer/arranger. His ten originals tend to be episodic, full of subtle surprises and very tricky rhythmically yet swinging in their own fashion and witty. In addition, Sofferman arranged a couple movements from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite (which becomes "Griegarious Skang") and the theme from Magnum P.I. His longtime group is tight, alert, and very familiar with these pieces, which is fortunate considering how easy it would be to stumble during the arrangements. Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi has long been an unheralded giant, trumpeter Phil Grenadier (occasionally hinting at Don Cherry) is excellent, and guitarist Norm Zocher has plenty of good spots for his distinctive sound and inventive style. Actually, there are no weak points to the group and or throwaway selections, for every moment of this CD is intriguing and a bit unpredictable. It is well worth several listens. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Motifs are built upon tantalizing harmonic expansions, elongated ostinato grooves and catchy hooks."
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