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Ken Burns Jazz
     

Ken Burns Jazz

by Dave Brubeck
 
The level of success Dave Brubeck attained with his album Time Out was unprecedented in jazz at the time of its release in 1959. Over the decades, for all the subsequent upheavals in jazz, its popularity has never waned -- perhaps because it was such an upheaval for its challenging use of unusual meters. And because Paul Desmond's delicate yet insistent alto saxophone

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The level of success Dave Brubeck attained with his album Time Out was unprecedented in jazz at the time of its release in 1959. Over the decades, for all the subsequent upheavals in jazz, its popularity has never waned -- perhaps because it was such an upheaval for its challenging use of unusual meters. And because Paul Desmond's delicate yet insistent alto saxophone sound was, and remains, so haunting. "Take Five" may be the single most widely recognizable piece jazz has produced. But "Take Five" is so much the work of Brubeck, Desmond, Gene Wright, and Joe Morello that it has never been covered much by other jazz artists. The two most covered, and most exquisite, Brubeck pieces remain "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke", both of whose beauty was appreciated very early by Miles Davis.

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. The Dave Brubeck installment is an excellent illustration of how the cool-jazz pioneer had his cake and ate it too. Brubeck was instrumental in popularizing the laid-back cool style, scoring a major hit with the LP Time Out and its ubiquitous standard "Take Five." Yet Brubeck also managed to keep his music challenging and complex despite its mellow melodicism, particularly through his pioneering use of odd rhythmic meters. Drawing selections from throughout Brubeck's career, Ken Burns Jazz provides an excellent introduction to his accessible yet artistically satisfying oeuvre, even if some of Brubeck's individual albums are classics in themselves.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646144220
catalogNumber:
61442

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Brubeck   Primary Artist,Piano
Leonard Bernstein   Conductor
Jerry Bergonzi   Soprano Saxophone
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone
Joe Morello   Drums
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Perry Robinson   Clarinet
Dave Lambert   Vocals
Bill Smith   Clarinet
New York Philharmonic   Choir, Chorus
Alan Dawson   Drums
Eugene Wright   Bass
Louis Armstrong   Vocals
Bob Bates   Bass
Dan Brubeck   Drums
Darius Brubeck   Electric Piano
Ron Crotty   Bass
Lloyd Davis   Drums
Joe Dodge   Drums
Jon Hendricks   Vocals
Jack Six   Bass

Technical Credits

Dave Brubeck   Composer
Ken Burns   Executive Producer
Didier C. Deutsch   Discographical Information
Doug Ramsey   Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ben Young   Discographical Information
Iola Brubeck   Composer
Carlos Kase   Discographical Information
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Clare Walker   Packaging Manager
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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