Legacy of a Legend

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Just in time for Dave Brubeck's 90th birthday celebration, Sony Legacy issues this double-disc compilation of tunes recorded between 1954 and 1970, beginning a year-long birthday campaign at the label and predating the screening of Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way, a documentary film whose executive producer is Clint Eastwood. (Another clebratory release, the Concord Music Group's the Definitive Dave Brubeck--also a double disc--covers the rest of his career before and after what is represented here.) Legacy of a Legend's 21 tunes were handpicked by the pianist. Of course his selections include favorites like "Take Five," "Blue Rondo ? la Turk," "Jeepers Creepers," and his...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Just in time for Dave Brubeck's 90th birthday celebration, Sony Legacy issues this double-disc compilation of tunes recorded between 1954 and 1970, beginning a year-long birthday campaign at the label and predating the screening of Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way, a documentary film whose executive producer is Clint Eastwood. (Another clebratory release, the Concord Music Group's the Definitive Dave Brubeck--also a double disc--covers the rest of his career before and after what is represented here.) Legacy of a Legend's 21 tunes were handpicked by the pianist. Of course his selections include favorites like "Take Five," "Blue Rondo à la Turk," "Jeepers Creepers," and his familiar takes on tunes from the movies and the theater, including "Gone with the Wind," and "Somewhere." Hardcore Brubeck fans will have almost everything here, but there is one previously unreleased cut, a live take of "Three to Get Ready" from the Dave Brubeck Quartet's final concert in 1967. That said, hearing this music assembled in this way offers startling proof of Brubeck's truly iconic genius for the musical depth and range he displays as a composer, arranger, and pianist, both live and in the studio. He revisits the haunting (and now legendary) "Thank You (Dziekuje)," recorded live in Poland with its gorgeous tribute to Chopin that is still provocative. The harmonic interplay between the pianist and Paul Desmond showcased on "Camptown Ladies" and "Something to Sing About" (to mention just two places) is furthered by the subtly insistent but utterly innovative rhythm section of Eugene Wright and Joe Morello. There are trio cuts here as well, and a couple of memorable vocal performances, too: there's Carmen McCrae fronting on "My One Bad Habit" from 1961's The Real Ambassadors and Louis Armstrong from the same album in an unusual setting with two pianists (Billy Kyle being the other) on "Summer Song." While there can be no arguing this is yet another compilation of Brubeck's material for Columbia, the quirky picks by the pianist provide a solid introduction for new listeners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886978056320
  • Catalog Number: 780563
  • Sales rank: 88,541

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jeepers Creepers (4:58)
  2. 2 Taking a Chance On Love (4:14)
  3. 3 The Duke (2:54)
  4. 4 Someday My Prince Will Come (8:18)
  5. 5 Ode To a Cowboy (5:02)
  6. 6 Thank You (Dziekuje) (3:33)
  7. 7 Camptown Races (2:09)
  8. 8 Gone With the Wind (6:23)
  9. 9 Blue Rondo a La Turk (6:46)
  10. 10 Take Five (5:26)
  11. 11 Evenin' - Jimmy Rushing (4:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My One Bad Habit - Carmen McRae (2:39)
  2. 2 Somewhere (4:16)
  3. 3 Unsquare Dance (2:02)
  4. 4 Summer Song - Louis Armstrong (3:16)
  5. 5 Something To Sing About (3:56)
  6. 6 You Go To My Head (9:34)
  7. 7 Mr. Broadway (7:20)
  8. 8 Three To Get Ready (5:34)
  9. 9 Out of Nowhere - Gerry Mulligan (10:54)
  10. 10 St. Louis Blues - Gerry Mulligan (6:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Brubeck Primary Artist, Piano
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Joe Morello Drums
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Rushing Vocals
Alan Dawson Drums
Eugene Wright Bass
Louis Armstrong Vocals
Bob Bates Bass
Norman Bates Bass
Joe Benjamin Bass
Joe Dodge Drums
Billy Kyle Piano
Carmen McRae Vocals
Jack Six Bass
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Dave Brubeck Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Paul Desmond Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
George Avakian Producer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Russell Gloyd Executive Producer
Edward Heyman Composer
John Latouche Composer
Teo Macero Producer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Allie Wrubel Composer
Frank Harkins Art Direction
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