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While greatest-hits albums from jazz artists are sometimes dubious propositions, Dave Brubeck is the rare exception to the rule. Brubeck concentrated on the song as much as the performance, which is one of the reasons why he appealed to such a wide audience and it's also the reason why Greatest Hits is such an entertaining and effective sampler. Featuring such familiar items as "Take Five," "In Your Own Sweet Way," "The Duke," "Trolley Song, " "Unsquare Dance," and "Blue Rondo à la Turk," the collection provides a fine introduction to Brubeck's collegiate jazz for the uninitiated. Time Out remains the best place to start a Brubeck appreciation, but this is an excellent single-disc sampler.
Performance CreditsDave Brubeck Primary Artist,Piano
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Joe Morello Drums
Eugene Wright Bass
Technical CreditsTeo Macero Producer
George T. Simon Liner Notes
Nedra Olds-Neal Producer,Reissue Producer
Seth Rothstein Director
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Ralph Blane Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For their era, this Quartet with Dave Brubeck (Piano) and Paul Desmond (Sax) defined what a Jazz Quartet was. No Jazz collection can be considered complete without at least one of their albums. The only down side to these early recordings is the way they mixed the stereo. The piano is almost entirely in the left speaker and drums in the right. This creates a unique panorama effect when listening to it through stereo speakers, but sounds odd through headphones.
It was nice to sit back and relax to some easy listening music.