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Time Out
     

Time Out

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by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
 

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Not many authentic jazz albums yield hit singles: Time Out is one of them. “Take Five,” a melodic gem riding a hypnotic 5/4 rhythm composed by the group’s star saxophonist, Paul Desmond, captured the airwaves in 1959. Pianist Dave Brubeck had been popular before, but the single and album made him a bona fide jazz superstar. “Take Five” maintains its luster to

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Not many authentic jazz albums yield hit singles: Time Out is one of them. “Take Five,” a melodic gem riding a hypnotic 5/4 rhythm composed by the group’s star saxophonist, Paul Desmond, captured the airwaves in 1959. Pianist Dave Brubeck had been popular before, but the single and album made him a bona fide jazz superstar. “Take Five” maintains its luster to this day, as do such superior performances as "Blue Rondo à la Turk" and "Strange Meadowlark." Time Out exhibits both the indivisible unity of the Brubeck quartet and the outstanding individual contributions of Desmond, with his stunning “dry martini” tone, drummer Joe Morello, a technically adept master of unusual time signatures, and the leader, whose eccentric improvising remains inimitable. The opener's rhythmic novelty may have drawn initial attention to this legendary album, but the memorable tunes and outstanding playing made it a keeper. There’s a reason that this classic remains a favorite long after Brubeck’s spectacular popularity has worn off.

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Dave Brubeck's defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time. It was a risky move -- Brubeck's record company wasn't keen on releasing such an arty project, and many critics initially roasted him for tampering with jazz's rhythmic foundation. But for once, public taste was more advanced than that of the critics. Buoyed by a hit single in altoist Paul Desmond's ubiquitous "Take Five," Time Out became an unexpectedly huge success, and still ranks as one of the most popular jazz albums ever. That's a testament to Brubeck and Desmond's abilities as composers, because Time Out is full of challenges both subtle and overt -- it's just that they're not jarring. Brubeck's classic "Blue Rondo à la Turk" blends jazz with classical form and Turkish folk rhythms, while "Take Five," despite its overexposure, really is a masterpiece; listen to how well Desmond's solo phrasing fits the 5/4 meter, and how much Joe Morello's drum solo bends time without getting lost. The other selections are richly melodic as well, and even when the meters are even, the group sets up shifting polyrhythmic counterpoints that nod to African and Eastern musics. Some have come to disdain Time Out as its become increasingly synonymous with upscale coffeehouse ambience, but as someone once said of Shakespeare, it's really very good in spite of the people who like it. It doesn't just sound sophisticated -- it really is sophisticated music, which lends itself to cerebral appreciation, yet never stops swinging. Countless other musicians built on its pioneering experiments, yet it's amazingly accessible for all its advanced thinking, a rare feat in any art form. This belongs in even the most rudimentary jazz collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/1997
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646512227
catalogNumber:
65122
Rank:
129

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Brubeck Quartet   Primary Artist
Dave Brubeck   Piano,Track Performer
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone
Joe Morello   Drums
Eugene Wright   Bass,Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Dave Brubeck   Liner Notes
Steven Berkowitz   Reissue,Reissue Series
Russell Gloyd   Producer,Reissue Producer
Kevin Gore   Reissue,Reissue Series
Teo Macero   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Mark Wilder   Engineer
Cozbi Sanchez-Cabrera   Art Direction
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Steve Race   Liner Notes
Jennifer Ebert   Packaging Manager,Package Manager

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Time Out 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard him "live" for only the second time in my life just a few weeks ago at Miami Univ in Oxford, Ohio. He is as dynamic as ever. He rendered the best version of Blue Rondo a la Turk I have ever heard him play. It was a terrific program involving the quartet, the university orchestra and vocal groups. Terrific performance, terrific music, and a terrific man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a professional artist and spend a lot of time in the studio working on my paintings. I like to listen to music while I paint because it helps my creativity. I tend to get tired of a c.d. after a while and need something new, but not in this case. Brubeck is brilliant with the way he alters from 3/4 to 7/8 or switches the style of music. Rather than getting tired of it, I find it grows on me each time I listen. Take Five is the most famous cut, but I've grown to love the others much more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of the greatest, hands down. Brubeck, Desmond, Wright, and Morello aren't the most "cutting-edge" of jazzers - only the most inventive and lyrical. The work done on this album defines jazz, in its purest form: truly MAKING music. Take Five is required listening, of course. I also believe Blue Rondo, Strange Meadow lark, and Kathy's Waltz stand out from the other incredible pieces on this allbum. This record is an absolute MUST for the jazz fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the quintessence of jazz cool. Emotive, warm, and easily accessible this album belongs in the standard must have repertoire of any jazz collection. You'll never grow tired of coming back again and again to listen to this time-honored classic. Remastered for the best possible sound.
Yada More than 1 year ago
If you don't dig this, move on. but if your like most, it will open the door and start the addiction.
kismet77 More than 1 year ago
Just as good as I remembered. I'm a listener (not a musician) and an enthusiastic listener indeed. If you want the experience of revisiting jazz done by one of the masters, Dave Brubeck's Timeout CD is for you. It takes you back in time...sipping your cocktail of choice at the local jazz club on a summer night on-the-town with your best friend, listening to one of the best jazz quartets in the world...no exaggeration. A must-have for your collection. And grooving to Blue Rondo a la Turk on my commute to work each morning -- what a pleasure.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is possibly the greatest jazz title of all time. The way the three instruments blend is music ''gold''. I would recomend this to anyone who is starting a jazz collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave's brother was the musical director at my high school. I first heard ''Take Five'' live at the Granada theater, where Dave had one of his first live concerts. But before that, I heard it being rehearsed. Together with the other cuts, this is one of the greatest jazz albums ever recorded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These guys are so good! They must have put a lot of work into this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best jazz album created...an instant classic from the original release date. A must for anyone who calls themselves a jazz fan!! Brubeck is the man
Guest More than 1 year ago
I originally bought this album just for Take Five. Having had listened to the rest of the album, I am still incredibly intrigued in the creativity from the 1950's and how many people recognize Brubeck's innovative sound. If a musical concept can survive for 50 years, there's a reason.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a student drummer in the '60s I bought this album to help understand the non traditional time signatures (thus the title Time Out) The melodies are infectious, but 5/4, 7/8 and 11 times are really one of the great innovations in jazz.
vantoth More than 1 year ago
Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" is my all time favorite piece of music. This is a wonderful CD is you like Brubeck, jazz, etc.
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