When Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck both set foot onstage before the Washington Monument in 1962, they arrived as titans of the jazz world, both enjoying watershed achievements in their careers that year. And their performance that night was as superb as they come: Brubeck’s quartet warmed up the crowd with a four-song set that included “Take Five” and “Castilian Blues,” and Bennett joined the group with a solid batch of standards, including “One for My Baby,” “Lullaby of Broadway” and “That Old Black Magic.”
Though one track from the performance made its way to a 1971 Brubeck compilation, Live At the Washington Monument features the entire set newly remixed and remastered. The original analog master tapes had remained unaccounted - a lost treasure laying in wait in the vaults - until a recollection from Bennett himself prompted Sony Music’s archivists to search for and ultimately recover this long-lost recording.
Live At the Washington Monument, a one-in-a-million dream duet of Bennett and Brubeck, is sure to earn a place among the essential live jazz recordings.