Legacy of a Legend

Legacy of a Legend

by Dave Brubeck
     
 

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. See more details below

Overview

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:
0886978056320
catalogNumber:
780563
Rank:
14217

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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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