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The level of success Dave Brubeck attained with his album Time Out was unprecedented in jazz at the time of its release in 1959. Over the decades, for all the subsequent upheavals in jazz, its popularity has never waned -- perhaps because it was such an upheaval for its challenging use of unusual meters. And because Paul Desmond's delicate yet insistent alto saxophone sound was, and remains, so haunting. "Take Five" may be the single most widely recognizable piece jazz has produced. But "Take Five" is so much the work of Brubeck, Desmond, Gene Wright, and Joe Morello that it has never been covered much by other jazz artists. The two most covered, and most exquisite, Brubeck pieces remain "In Your Own Sweet Way" and...
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Editorial Reviews

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The level of success Dave Brubeck attained with his album Time Out was unprecedented in jazz at the time of its release in 1959. Over the decades, for all the subsequent upheavals in jazz, its popularity has never waned -- perhaps because it was such an upheaval for its challenging use of unusual meters. And because Paul Desmond's delicate yet insistent alto saxophone sound was, and remains, so haunting. "Take Five" may be the single most widely recognizable piece jazz has produced. But "Take Five" is so much the work of Brubeck, Desmond, Gene Wright, and Joe Morello that it has never been covered much by other jazz artists. The two most covered, and most exquisite, Brubeck pieces remain "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke", both of whose beauty was appreciated very early by Miles Davis.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. The Dave Brubeck installment is an excellent illustration of how the cool-jazz pioneer had his cake and ate it too. Brubeck was instrumental in popularizing the laid-back cool style, scoring a major hit with the LP Time Out and its ubiquitous standard "Take Five." Yet Brubeck also managed to keep his music challenging and complex despite its mellow melodicism, particularly through his pioneering use of odd rhythmic meters. Drawing selections from throughout Brubeck's career, Ken Burns Jazz provides an excellent introduction to his accessible yet artistically satisfying oeuvre, even if some of Brubeck's individual albums are classics in themselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646144220
  • Catalog Number: 61442
  • Sales rank: 94,261

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Perdido (7:50)
  2. 2 Le Souk (4:38)
  3. 3 Audrey (3:35)
  4. 4 The Duke (2:48)
  5. 5 In Your Own Sweet Way (8:42)
  6. 6 Blue Rondo a la Turk (6:45)
  7. 7 Strange Meadowlark (7:25)
  8. 8 Take Five (5:26)
  9. 9 Allegro Blues (5:35)
  10. 10 The Real Ambassadors (3:09)
  11. 11 Koto Song (3:07)
  12. 12 I Get a Kick Out of You (5:18)
  13. 13 Sapito - Gerry Mulligan (3:10)
  14. 14 Mr. Broadway (2:47)
  15. 15 Stardust - Bill Smith (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Brubeck Primary Artist, Piano
Leonard Bernstein Conductor
Jerry Bergonzi Soprano Saxophone
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Joe Morello Drums
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Perry Robinson Clarinet
Dave Lambert Vocals
Bill Smith Clarinet
New York Philharmonic Choir, Chorus
Alan Dawson Drums
Eugene Wright Bass
Louis Armstrong Vocals
Bob Bates Bass
Dan Brubeck Drums
Darius Brubeck Electric Piano
Ron Crotty Bass
Lloyd Davis Drums
Joe Dodge Drums
Jon Hendricks Vocals
Jack Six Bass
Technical Credits
Dave Brubeck Composer
Ken Burns Executive Producer
Didier C. Deutsch Discographical Information
Mark Wilder Mastering
Doug Ramsey Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Hollis King Art Direction
Ben Young Discographical Information
Iola Brubeck Composer
Carlos Kase Discographical Information
Seth Foster Mastering
John Christiana Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas Packaging Manager
Adam Owett Art Direction
Clare Walker Packaging Manager
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
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