For All Time

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This five-CD box set collects all five of the Dave Brubeck Quartet's Time series recordings: Time Out, Time Further Out, Countdown: Time in Outer Space, Time Changes, and Time In, with bonus material attached to three of the discs. Of this quintet of recordings, the latter three have never been available on CD in the United States. Recorded between 1959 and 1965, each of these titles has a distinct relationship to "time travel" in the context of jazz. Brubeck, Paul Desmond, and company were consciously trying to extend the time-space continuum in jazz, and erase the boundaries of imposed four/four signatures in the idiom. Time Out was the first jazz album on which every tune...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This five-CD box set collects all five of the Dave Brubeck Quartet's Time series recordings: Time Out, Time Further Out, Countdown: Time in Outer Space, Time Changes, and Time In, with bonus material attached to three of the discs. Of this quintet of recordings, the latter three have never been available on CD in the United States. Recorded between 1959 and 1965, each of these titles has a distinct relationship to "time travel" in the context of jazz. Brubeck, Paul Desmond, and company were consciously trying to extend the time-space continuum in jazz, and erase the boundaries of imposed four/four signatures in the idiom. Time Out was the first jazz album on which every tune was in a different tempo, and it charted all over the world. Time Further Out netted another hit single with "Unsquare Dance" and its B-side, "It's A Raggy Waltz," a live version of which has been added to the original edition of the album. But these sides have been continually available in one form or another since the dawn of LPs, and were among the first to get the grand remastering treatment in Legacy's ambitious program. From the appearance of Countdown: Time in Outer Space, from 1962 paying tribute to the new exploration of the last frontier by trying to open up jazz from the inside rather than out; it features the amazing "Eleven Four," by Desmond, in which he creates a rhythmic series of groupings around five/three/three and of course, the widely recognized "Why Phyllis," by Rayburn Wright, which is a blues waltz in three-quarter time. Perhaps the most provocative piece on the disc is the reworking of "Someday My Prince Will Come," which could not have been further from Miles Davis' read of it and predates it. On "Castillean Blues," a standard blues is shaped into five/four and given the Latin percussion treatment. The album also features a bonus cut and new liner notes by Teo Macero. Time Changes, from 1964, features the beautifully wrought 17-minute epic "Elementals," on which the Brubeck Quartet was accompanied by a full-on symphony orchestra. Macero also recorded a single version of the cut, which was never released until now as the bonus cut. Finally, Time In from 1965, the Brubeck Quartet's 15th anniversary album, is also included. Here, in addition to all of the platitudes from jazz writers and musicians -- as well as a breathy essay by Macero -- the new, expanded edition includes three bonus cuts, all of them long jam-session pieces: "Rude Old Man," "Who Said That" and "Watusi Drums." The sound is pristine yet warm, the expanded liner notes make for excellent reading, and most of all, when grouped this way, these five recordings offer a story: a progression and a synthesis of how time and jazz were synonymous to stretch one another to the breaking point and then become something else, apart and together, in the larger context of modern music. Brubeck's studies with Darius Milhaud and Desmond's revisioning of the blues are intertwined on these discs, making for a portrait at once very strange, yet lush and haunting, and almost nostalgic -- like these stretches were meant to be all along. This is easily the high point of the Brubeck reissue series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998716124
  • Catalog Number: 87161

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's a Raggy Waltz (5:15)
  2. 2 Bluette (5:23)
  3. 3 Charles Matthew Hallelujah (2:53)
  4. 4 Far More Blue (4:39)
  5. 5 Far More Drums (4:01)
  6. 6 Maori Blues (3:55)
  7. 7 Unsquare Dance (2:02)
  8. 8 Bru's Boogie Woogie (2:30)
  9. 9 Blue Shadows in the Street (6:36)
  10. 10 Slow and Easy (A.K. A Lawless Mike) (3:30)
  11. 11 It's a Raggy Waltz (6:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Blue Rondo a la Turk - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (6:46)
  2. 2 Strange Meadow Lark - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (7:24)
  3. 3 Take Five - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (5:26)
  4. 4 Three to Get Ready - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (5:25)
  5. 5 Kathy's Waltz - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (4:50)
  6. 6 Everybody's Jumpin' - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (4:24)
  7. 7 Pick Up Sticks - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (4:16)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Iberia - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (3:00)
  2. 2 Unisphere - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (5:43)
  3. 3 Shim Wha - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (4:02)
  4. 4 World's Fair - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (2:44)
  5. 5 Cable Car - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (2:59)
  6. 6 Theme from Elementals - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (3:08)
  7. 7 Elementals - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (16:35)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Lost Waltz (3:54)
  2. 2 Softly, William, Softly (5:40)
  3. 3 Time in (3:59)
  4. 4 Forty Days (4:41)
  5. 5 Travellin' Blues (5:59)
  6. 6 He Done Her Wrong (2:16)
  7. 7 Lonesome (7:12)
  8. 8 Cassandra (4:22)
  9. 9 Rude Old Man (2:24)
  10. 10 Who Said That? (3:34)
  11. 11 Watusi Drums (2:22)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Countdown (2:25)
  2. 2 Eleven Four (2:53)
  3. 3 Why Phillis Waltz (2:18)
  4. 4 Someday My Prince Will Come (6:20)
  5. 5 Castilian Blues (2:32)
  6. 6 Castilian Drums (5:20)
  7. 7 Fast Life (2:59)
  8. 8 Waltz Limp (4:16)
  9. 9 Three's a Crowd (2:44)
  10. 10 Danse Duet (3:47)
  11. 11 Back to Earth (3:20)
  12. 12 Fatha (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Brubeck Primary Artist, Piano
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Joe Morello Drums
Eugene Wright Bass
Ray Wright Conductor
Rayburn Wright Conductor
Technical Credits
Dave Brubeck Composer, Liner Notes
Paul Desmond Composer
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
Jimmy Lyons Liner Notes
George Wein Liner Notes
Eugene Wright Composer
Didier C. Deutsch Reissue Producer
Russell Gloyd Reissue Producer
Goddard Lieberson Liner Notes
Teo Macero Producer, Liner Notes
Cliff Morris Engineer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
John Wilson Liner Notes
Barry Ulanov Liner Notes
Ralph J. Gleason Liner Notes
George T. Simon Liner Notes
Robert Waller Engineer
Tony Sellari Art Direction
Hope Chasin Packaging Manager
Darcy Proper Mastering
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Larry Morey Composer
Iola Brubeck Composer
Samuel Trevor Francis Cover Painting
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager
Rayburn Wright Liner Notes
Steve Race Liner Notes
Jennifer Ebert Packaging Manager
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