50 Years of Dave Brubeck: Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1958-2007

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Dave Brubeck appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival on so many occasions since its launching in 1958 that it seems like compiling highlights to make up just one CD should have been an impossible task. But Brubeck's longtime manager Russell Gloyd was involved with co-producing this compilation and the result should please the pianist's fans. Brubeck hardly fits the stylistic molds of some of his critics in this collection, that he is too bombastic or dismissing him merely as a cool player. The pianist not only evolves as a player and composer, but shows an incredible knowledge of music from earlier eras. His classic quartet with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Dave Brubeck appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival on so many occasions since its launching in 1958 that it seems like compiling highlights to make up just one CD should have been an impossible task. But Brubeck's longtime manager Russell Gloyd was involved with co-producing this compilation and the result should please the pianist's fans. Brubeck hardly fits the stylistic molds of some of his critics in this collection, that he is too bombastic or dismissing him merely as a cool player. The pianist not only evolves as a player and composer, but shows an incredible knowledge of music from earlier eras. His classic quartet with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond is well-represented with a lengthy excursion into Brubeck's "Two Part Contention" with its intriguing use of counterpoint, the always swinging treatment of "Someday My Prince Will Come," and the crowd-pleasing favorite "Take Five" though it suffers from over-modulation. Two tracks are from his years with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, bassist Jack Six, and drummer Alan Dawson, including Brubeck's lonely, exotic "The Sermon on the Mount" and Mulligan's spry Latin-flavored "Jumping Bean." Brubeck's challenging "Tritonis" features Bobby Militello on flute in an extended solo recalling Rahsaan Roland Kirk's simultaneously singing and playing, in addition to regular quartet members Bill Smith clarinet, electric bassist Chris Brubeck, and drummer Randy Jones. Bassist Stan Poplin is the pianist's sole accompanist for Brubeck's poignant memorial tribute written following Mulligan's death, appropriately titled "Goodbye Old Friend." A delightful romp through "I Got Rhythm" showcasing Miltello on alto sax and guest Christian McBride. Brubeck dug deep to recall old chestnuts like the blazing "Sleep" and the loping, easygoing "Margie" the latter featuring Michael Moore's amusing arco bass. While Brubeck fans may regret the omission of two suites that the pianist premiered at the Monterey Jazz Festival, "^The Real Ambassadors" with Louis Armstrong and "Cannery Row Suite" with Kurt Elling and Roberta Gambarini, hopefully these performances will appear in later volumes of this superb series recorded at the legendary festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • Label: Monterey Jazz Fest
  • UPC: 888072306806
  • Catalog Number: 30680
  • Sales rank: 30,764

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Two Part Contention (12:29)
  2. 2 Someday My Prince Will Come (5:21)
  3. 3 Take Five (5:41)
  4. 4 Sermon on the Mount (5:33)
  5. 5 Jumping Bean (8:23)
  6. 6 Tritonis (7:32)
  7. 7 Goodbye Old Friend (2:17)
  8. 8 I Got Rhythm (6:59)
  9. 9 Sleep (5:39)
  10. 10 Margie (10:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Brubeck Primary Artist, Piano
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Joe Morello Drums
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Bill Smith Clarinet
Alan Dawson Drums
Eugene Wright Bass
Chris Brubeck Bass
Christian McBride Bass
Bobby Militello Flute, Alto Saxophone
Stanley Poplin Bass
Jack Six Bass
Bill Airey Smith Clarinet
Michael James Moore Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Dave Brubeck Composer
Paul Desmond Composer
Gerry Mulligan Composer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Con Conrad Composer
Ron Davis Engineer
Don Geis Engineer
Russell Gloyd Producer
Jason Olaine Producer, Author, Digital Editing
Nick Phillips Producer
Bud Spangler Producer
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Kenneth Jacobs Engineer
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Mark Larson Poster Design
Glen Barros Series Executive Producer
Frank Churchill Composer
Jerry Takigawa Poster Design
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Larry Morey Composer
Adam Geibel Composer
Tim "T-Bone" Jackson Author, Series Executive Producer
Harold Lindsay Engineer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Earl Burtnett Composer
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