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White House Sessions: Live 1962
     

The White House Sessions: Live 1962

by Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Dave Brubeck Trio
 

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Since both were performing their own sets at the White House Seminar American Jazz Concert on the Sylvan Theater grounds on August 28, 1962, Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck decided to perform an impromptu collaborative set together that day, and although one song from it was eventually released, a version of "That Old Black Magic," the rest of the hour-or-so-long tape

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Since both were performing their own sets at the White House Seminar American Jazz Concert on the Sylvan Theater grounds on August 28, 1962, Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck decided to perform an impromptu collaborative set together that day, and although one song from it was eventually released, a version of "That Old Black Magic," the rest of the hour-or-so-long tape ended up lost in the vast Sony catalog vault, filed, as it turned out, with several classical tapes, until it surfaced again shortly after Brubeck's death in 2012. Now finally available, it reveals two master performers at the very top of their respective games. Bennett's signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," had been released only a couple of weeks before the concert, while Brubeck's "Take Five" had just begun to take on its iconic significance. Brubeck and his quartet, Paul Desmond on alto sax, Eugene Wright on bass, and Joe Morello on drums, played a four-song set, followed by a six-song set from Bennett and his band, with Ralph Sharon on piano, Hal Gaylor on bass, and Billy Exiner on drums. Then came an unrehearsed and impromptu four-song set from Bennett and Brubeck, with Wright on bass and Morello on drums (alto saxophonist Desmond sat out) that included versions of "That Old Black Magic" (the only track previously released before this), "Lullaby of Broadway," "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)," and "There Will Never Be Another You," each of which purveys a loose, fun elegance that makes this archival find a true treasure. Bennett and Brubeck would not perform together again until both appeared and briefly reunited on-stage at the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival.

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From the Producers
They were pioneers of jazz in the 20th century, and longtime friends and performers for the legendary Columbia label. But one chance moment in 1962 in the heart of the nation’s capital was their only recorded performance together. Now, more than 50 years later, Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings proudly releases Tony Bennett and the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s complete live performance from Washington, D.C.’s Sylvan Theater.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2013
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0888837180429
catalogNumber:
371804
Rank:
984

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Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist
Dave Brubeck   Primary Artist,Piano
Dave Brubeck Trio   Primary Artist
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone
Joe Morello   Drums
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Eugene Wright   Bass
Hal Gaylor   Bass
Billy Exiner   Drums

Technical Credits

Dave Brubeck   Composer
Paul Desmond   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Ted Gioia   Liner Notes
Danny Bennett   Executive Producer
Dubin   Composer
Russell Gloyd   Executive Producer
Jule Styne   Composer
Frank Bruno   Engineer
Anthony Janek   Engineer
Don Hunstein   Photo Courtesy
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
R. Adler   Composer
A. Green   Composer

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