Take 5 Quartet: A Jazz Hour with Dave Brubeck Quartet

Take 5 Quartet: A Jazz Hour with Dave Brubeck Quartet

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by Dave Brubeck
     
 

Because this recording dates from the middle of Dave Brubeck's exclusive contract with Concord Jazz, it's obviously a bootleg, but both the recording quality and the performances make it a worthwhile investment. This 1982 concert actually predates clarinetist Bill Smith's first appearance on an official album as a full time member of the Brubeck Quartet (He made his…  See more details below

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Because this recording dates from the middle of Dave Brubeck's exclusive contract with Concord Jazz, it's obviously a bootleg, but both the recording quality and the performances make it a worthwhile investment. This 1982 concert actually predates clarinetist Bill Smith's first appearance on an official album as a full time member of the Brubeck Quartet (He made his debut on Concord On a Summer Night and had earlier made guest appearances in Paul Desmond's place. He was also a member of the Brubeck Octet in the '40s). He gave the group an entirely new sound in the place his predecessor, tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi; his lyricism, occasional shrieks into the upper register and use of digital delay added a new dimension to the quartet. The evening kicks off with a spirited rendition of "Tritonis," followed by a lengthy exploration of the wonderful oriental blues "Koto Song." The track incompetently labeled "Improvisation" by Jazz Hour is actually "(Open the Gates) Out of the Way of the People," which has since become a regular concert feature for Brubeck's talented drummer Randy Jones, as it is here. Chris Brubeck switches off from electric bass to bass trombone to show off his considerable chops on "Big Bad Basie" and "(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue?" The obligatory "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo A La Turk" are bridged by a then-new piece not yet recorded, "Benjamin," which later was re-recorded for a Charlie Brown cartoon soundtrack. This cheerful work celebrating the birth of Brubeck's first grandchild became one of his most cherished works from the '80s. The final track was taken from a Cannes concert the following year and also appears on the Live at Middem anthology. Needless to say, the pianist is in top form throughout the release. Even with its questionable roots, this CD is an essential acquisition for Brubeck's fans.

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Release Date:
10/01/1999
Label:
A Jazz Hour With
UPC:
8712177036998
catalogNumber:
73598
Rank:
288260

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