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Brubeck in Wonderland

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Since Dave Brubeck recorded often in the decade or so this compilation covers, some serious jazz and Brubeck fans might find it too perfunctory a survey of his early years as a recording artist. If you're more into sampling than surveying, however, this is a pretty decent 72-minute anthology of his early work as the leader of groups of various sizes, though the liner notes are a disappointingly sketchy career overview. Cal Tjader is the most notable sideman on the first three tracks (from 1946-1950), but the remainder of the set (dominated by 1953-1954 recordings) find his most celebrated sideman, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, on board. While there are shades of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Since Dave Brubeck recorded often in the decade or so this compilation covers, some serious jazz and Brubeck fans might find it too perfunctory a survey of his early years as a recording artist. If you're more into sampling than surveying, however, this is a pretty decent 72-minute anthology of his early work as the leader of groups of various sizes, though the liner notes are a disappointingly sketchy career overview. Cal Tjader is the most notable sideman on the first three tracks (from 1946-1950), but the remainder of the set (dominated by 1953-1954 recordings) find his most celebrated sideman, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, on board. While there are shades of almost classical experimentalism on the 1946 recordings of "Serenade Suite" and Brubeck's composition "Playland at the Beach," by the '50s he'd settled into solid bop, though it's mildly disappointing that just three of the tracks are written by the Brubeck-Desmond team. Mixing live and studio recordings, the CD also includes interpretations of standards like "How High the Moon," "The Way You Look Tonight," "All the Things You Are," and "Stardust," though it's the Brubeck-Desmond cool jazz number "Crazy Chris" that most decisively pointed toward the pair's future direction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2007
  • Label: Fivefour
  • EAN: 5013929311527
  • Catalog Number: 15
  • Sales rank: 178,573

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Playland at the Beach (1:32)
  2. 2 Serenade Suite (4:36)
  3. 3 Lullaby in Rhythm (3:32)
  4. 4 Mam'selle (2:52)
  5. 5 Alice in Wonderland (3:36)
  6. 6 Crazy Chris (6:49)
  7. 7 The Way You Look Tonight (7:45)
  8. 8 How High the Moon (9:06)
  9. 9 Trolley Song (3:19)
  10. 10 All the Things You Are (9:12)
  11. 11 Laura (3:11)
  12. 12 Stardust (8:17)
  13. 13 Le Souk (4:39)
  14. 14 Audrey (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Brubeck Primary Artist, Piano
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Dick Collins Trumpet
Bob Collins Baritone Saxophone
Ron Crotty Bass
Lloyd Davis Drums
Wyatt Ruther Bass
Cal Tjader Bongos, Drums, Vibes
Jack Weeks Bass
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