Brandenburg Gate: Revisited

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Four of the five selections on Brandenburg Gate: Revisited 1963 are new interpretations of Dave Brubeck piano classics scored by the pianist's older sibling, Howard Brubeck, who is likewise the author of the "G Flat Theme," which is offered here for the first time. By the time of this 1963 platter, the perpetually touring Dave Brubeck Quartet had played behind a few of the North America's finest ensembles -- commencing with a personal invitation extended by Robert Shaw and the San Diego Symphony in 1956. In fact, these expanded arrangements were actually done live before they were recorded in the studio. A similar fate befell material from Brubeck Plays Bernstein Plays ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Four of the five selections on Brandenburg Gate: Revisited 1963 are new interpretations of Dave Brubeck piano classics scored by the pianist's older sibling, Howard Brubeck, who is likewise the author of the "G Flat Theme," which is offered here for the first time. By the time of this 1963 platter, the perpetually touring Dave Brubeck Quartet had played behind a few of the North America's finest ensembles -- commencing with a personal invitation extended by Robert Shaw and the San Diego Symphony in 1956. In fact, these expanded arrangements were actually done live before they were recorded in the studio. A similar fate befell material from Brubeck Plays Bernstein Plays Brubeck 1960, which was the Quartet's earlier orchestral collaboration. "Brandenburg Gate" has been significantly expanded from the version heard on Jazz Impressions of Eurasia 1958. The selection has developed into a side-long suite that includes substantial emotive counterpoint connecting the moody and contemplative strings and the swinging melodic contributions of Paul Desmond alto sax, Eugene Wright bass, and Joe Morello drums. The subtle tension and liberation that exists between the two arguably disparate aggregates prevent either from overpowering the other. Likewise, spirited leads and improvisations from Brubeck and Desmond keep the elaborate piece agile and firmly rooted in jazz. "Summer Song" is given a stately update, reflecting the easygoing nature of the Jazz Impressions of the U.S.A. 1956 reading. Desmond once again reels off impressive lines that never detract from the tastefully understated string augmentation. The affective "In Your Own Sweet Way" has evolved from the piano solo that initially graced Brubeck Plays Brubeck 1956. The accompaniment is pronounced as it wafts beneath Brubeck's spontaneous chord progressions and nimbly executed keyboarding. As previously mentioned, "G Flat Theme" is the only tune debuted on Brandenburg Gate: Revisited. What begins as dark and melancholy dissipates into a mid-tempo groove that drives both Brubeck and Desmond into some very interesting spaces as they quickly adapt their sound to the slightly noir, but highly memorable chorus. "Kathy's Waltz" benefits from a more thorough examination, as compared to the Time Out 1959 rendering. There is a stately air present on this interpretation that remains conspicuously discreet on the more familiar outing. On the whole, of all the reworkings this one seems to be the most rewarding, especially as Desmond is backed with the lush full-bodied orchestra.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972476025
  • Catalog Number: 724760
  • Sales rank: 49,286

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brandenburg Gate (18:31)
  2. 2 Summer Song (4:14)
  3. 3 In Your Own Sweet Way (5:01)
  4. 4 G Flat Theme (3:58)
  5. 5 Kathy's Waltz (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Brubeck Primary Artist, Piano
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Joe Morello Drums
Eugene Wright Bass
Max Pollikoff Concert Master
Howard Brubeck Conductor
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dave Brubeck Arranger, Liner Notes
Didier C. Deutsch Producer, Reissue Producer
Russell Gloyd Producer, Reissue Producer
Teo Macero Producer
Howard Brubeck Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Seth Rothstein Director
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Remixing, Remastering
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Marni Elliott Packaging Manager
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