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"Superbly executed post-bop jazz that also makes room for some funk, second-line and crossover elements."
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1. West of One
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2. Sahara Moon
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3. Parade Du Funk
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4. Bullwinkle\'s Revenge
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5. Still as Winter
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6. Open Door
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7. Jump Up, Get Down
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8. Easy for You to Pray
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9. Change Up
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The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Intuition
Chris Brubeck, trombone, bass; Dan Brubeck, drums.
Mike DeMicco, guitar; Taylor Eigsti, piano
Koch International Classics KIC-CD-7689
Format: CD

Intuition is a treat: the compositions are fresh, melodic and memorable, and are rendered with sublime expertise and considerable joy. From guitarist Mike DeMicco's swinging “West of One” through the tipsy second-line groove of “Parade du Funk” and the jubilant “Jump Up, Get Down” and “Change Up,” jazz doesn't get any jollier than this. Chris has a blessedly impec¬cable tone on fretless bass, and shows considerable wit in his use of slide and vibrato on both guitar and trombone. Dan's cowbell provides its own sly humor, although his drum chops are as serious as they ever get. And there’s the dazzling precocity of pianist Taylor Eigsti: just a young teenager when this was recorded, he's already consistently fluid and creative, and his ballad playing on “Still as Winter” is understated and gorgeous. This recording lives up to the full possibilities of originality: crisply recorded, organically paced and beautifully played, it's a unique and sparkling delight. - Judith Schlesinger, All About Jazz

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The sons of pianist Dave Brubeck join pianist Taylor Eigsti and guitarist Mike DeMicco to make what is, measure for measure, one of the harder-swinging sets of the year. Chris Brubeck, a bassist and trombonist, is the composer of most of these tunes - brother Dan is the crackling drummer - and they show some serious range. Chris' "Bullwinkle's Revenge" is a high-energy meld of bop and boogie, while his "Still As Winter" provides an artful backdrop for former child phenom Eigsti to wax classical. DeMicco is a crackling presence throughout, adding a muscular vibe that hikes the energy. "Jump Up, Get Down" reaches this nice percolating crescendo that makes you think mainstream jazz has a future. Chris gets out the 'bone on the soulful ballad "Easy for You to Pray" and makes believers atop the organ of Pete Levin. "Change Up" is the cooking closer for this swinging set. - The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Dan and Chris Brubeck … began performing in the 1970s with their very popular father, pianist Dave Brubeck, and even then were solid, well-trained musicians. Chris and Dan have developed into two of jazz’s most distinctive instrumen¬talists. Intuition includes the formidable guitarist Mike DeMicco and the equally impressive young pianist Taylor Eigsti. All four excel as soloists, and while they frequently throw sparks, they never lose sight of melody or descend into mere pyrotechnics. Dan Brubeck is a remarkably subtle drummer who shares his father’s ease with the occasional odd time signature. Bassist-trombonist Chris Brubeck wrote seven of the nine tunes, DeMicco the remaining two, and they’re all delight¬fully swinging and joyous. The recording is energetic and immediate, the instruments arrayed precisely across the soundstage. -- Joseph Taylor for

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Chris Brubeck maintains center stage, composing seven of the album’s nine tunes and using his fretless bass and bass trombone to propel the ensemble to previously unparalleled heights. While younger brother Dan supplies a seemingly endless variety of drum polyrhythms, Mike DeMicco provides imaginative, single-note melodies on guitar, and Taylor Eigsti plays piano with the mastery of a seasoned veteran. … Improvisations flow freely, bringing a new spirit to straight-ahead jazz. – The Boston Globe

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"Intuition" is a fine display of the two brothers' grasp of jazz, and features good work from guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Taylor Eigsti. The selections, all originals, tend to have an up-tempo brightness to them, but "Still as Winter" shows delicate ballad work by Eigsti and DeMicco. The trombonist gets a similar chance to show such heart on "Easy for You to Pray." - Bob Karlovits, Pittsburgh Tribune

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…we are treated to 69:54 of very entertaining mainstream jazz in a variety of settings, moods and time signatures. Throughout, Dan’s drumming is highly responsive, Chris’ work on both bass and trombone is warm and assured, DeMicco’s guitar is a perfect blend of soul, polish and technique, and Levin’s organ is properly wailing and inspiring. Lastly, Eigsti captures one’s full attention in his many solos – soaring, jubilant, hard-swinging and authoritative – evincing a maturity well beyond his 21 years. – Scott Albin, JazzTimes, April 2007

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I love this new record Intuition. Dan's such a versatile drummer. He can break out the sticks and brushes together, you name it. I like his vibe and I love that solo, it’s the best I’ve ever heard! It’s just got everything you would want in music, period. Yes, this is great stuff. You have a synergy about yourselves that makes the music explode. Not every band can say that. I love what you cats are doing, and I can’t say enough about this record. This is one that I highly recommend. – Baldwin “Smitty” Smith, JazzMonthly.Com



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