Brooks stirs things up
the performance of the Rainbow Peace OrchestraThe greatest big bands
stopped existing a long time ago. That is why its a pleasant surprise
when someone forms his own big bands.
Like trumpeter Billy Brooks. This Amsterdam resident presented the Rainbow
Peace Orchestra last Saturday at the BIM-huis.
Not yet on its own course, but because of the fun they have, one could
call it a welcome addition.
With the music of his Rainbow Peace Orchestra, Brooks is able to show
off his experience, gained in the orchestras of Lionel Hampton, Dizzy
Gilespie and Thad Jones.
The great stylistic diversity is gained by his contribution to the music
of Tina Turner and The Temptations. With surprising ease the orchestra
switches from Latin to fusion and from up-tempo pieces to austere ballads.
Content-wise, it rattled at some points and it wasnt always pure,
but motivation and commitment were undeniably there. According to Brooks,
it doesnt have to be perfect. His Rainbow Peace Orchestra is kind
of a learning orchestra.
Most of the musicians are hardly known, although Brooks has managed
to commit some well-known musicians like saxophonists Fred Leeflang
and Armando Cairo. Furthermore, a few of the number of Fra Fra Sound
play along, like Kenneth Helberg, guitarist Patrick Sedoc and percussionist
Carlo Ulrichi. Less well-known, but as a soloist just as important,
was the input of Bobby Allee, especially his gruesome high notes.
As instrumentalist, Brooks himself has a small role. Once in a while
he reaches for his skoonum horn, a self-made double-barrel
trumpet, just to stir things up. Musicians and audience couldnt
get enough of it.