A melodically gifted bassist, Chris Brubeck, a prince in the Brubeck family dynasty, is also a fervent bass trombonist who can evoke dark, mysterious melancholy or swing with brassy, barn-burning heat and fury.
What makes this Connecticut Yankee an all-American triple-threat is his ingenuity as a composer/arranger whose eclectic, yet fresh works wed the worlds of American jazz and European classical music.
In fact, in Brubeck's all-embracing style -- whether his richly mixed genre is called third stream" (Gunther Schuller's term for the fusion of jazz and classical) or classical crossover" -- jazz and classical are not two separate worlds, but united creative forces.
Teaming up with his brother, drummer Dan Brubeck, in the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (BBQ), the instrumentalist/composer performs Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Jazz in the Garden" series at the historic Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, his hometown.
Besides Chris and Dan, a powerhouse percussionist, the BBQ features guitarist Mike DeMicco, who has been collaborating with the Brubeck brothers since the late 1980s, and the skilled pianist Chuck Lamb, a relative newcomer to the Brubeck fold.
As part of BBQ's musical barbecue in a terraced garden on the picnic friendly site, you can expect selected servings, which marinate both jazz and classical ingredients, right off of its hot, new disc, Classified," on Koch International Classics.
Along with originals contributed by each quartet member, Classified" features the latest, extended crossover work by Chris Brubeck, Vignettes for Nonet," which unites the jazz quartet with a classical woodwind quintet.
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