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Cecil Brooks III: Hot Dog

Read "Hot Dog" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Cecil Brooks III frequently performs with this unit at his Cecil's Jazz Club & Restaurant in West Orange, New Jersey. The trio abides by a free-spirited, good-timey jazz gait, and is not concerned with reinventing the proverbial wheel. It's a good bet that the patrons got their monies' worth via these perky and tightly-woven spins on jazz and pop standards. The musicians also dish out a sprightly jazz-waltz rendering of “Theme from, Mannix," from the popular 1960s and '70s TV ...


Cecil Brooks III Trio at The Turning Point Cafe in Piermont, NY

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Cecil Brooks III Trio The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, New York November 10, 2008

Whopping bass drum hits resonate in your central nervous system. Cymbal taps sound as gentle and ethereal as wind chimes. Intemperate blows to every part of the drum set somehow manage to swing. These are a few of the many voices of Cecil Brooks III. A headstrong, mercurial, and calculating performer, Brooks often tosses the band about like a boat ...


CBIII Band at Cecil's Jazz Club

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CBIII Band Cecil's Jazz Club West Orange, NJ August 17, 2007

Two drum kits were set up at the front of the stage prior to the CB III Band's first set at Cecil's Jazz Club. Though the configuration was in keeping with an evening billed as “The Father, Son, and Holy Groove, featuring two generations of the Brooks family of jazz drummers, the figure of Max Roach cast a long shadow on the proceedings. ...


Cecil Brooks III: Double Exposure

Read "Cecil Brooks III:  Double Exposure" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

A second generation drummer and bandleader, Cecil Brooks III has produced over 40 recordings on the Muse, High Note, and Savant labels for artists ranging from John Hicks to Arthur Blythe to Don Braden. Several years ago Brooks was at the helm of a session in Pittsburgh, PA that featured guitarist Jimmy Ponder. The recording was completed quicker than anticipated, and there were a few hours of studio time left over. The ever-enterprising Brooks turned to Hammond B-3 organist Gene ...


Cecil Brooks III: Double Exposure

Read "Double Exposure" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

The liner notes for Double Exposure recount that the disc was recorded in a few spare hours that drummer Cecil Brooks III and organist Gene Ludwig found themselves with while they were recording another album. That feeling of spontaneity and casual inspiration is very present on this rare organ and drum duo effort.

Ludwig is a veteran who has been performing since the early '60s. His style is very much in the same vein as the other more ...


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