The Essential Dave Brubeck

The Essential Dave Brubeck

by Dave Brubeck
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The Essential Dave Brubeck

This double-disc overview collects 31 tracks selected by Dave Brubeck and provides an excellent overview of his long career. While the temptation would be to concentrate on the wildly successful run of albums his quartet -- with saxophonist Paul Desmond, bassist Eugene Wright, and drummer Joe Morello -- cut for the label between 1958 and 1967, this compilation actually contains cuts from 24 albums recorded between 1949 and 2002, and draws from numerous labels, settings, concerts, and studio sessions. Certainly most of the hits are here, including "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo à la Turk," but so are lesser-known favorites from the early years, including live versions of Duke Ellington tunes such as "Perdido" and "Take the 'A' Train." In addition, Brubeck has often chosen mono versions over later stereo ones and the set is all the better for it -- go no further than the spooky modal blues called "Audrey" on disc one for proof. Disc two provides much of the better-known material, including some excellent takes on show tunes such as the theme from Mr. Broadway and "Maria" from West Side Story. While it's true that Time Out provides an excellent introduction to the music of Brubeck's famed quartet all by itself, this collection is a compelling introduction for the beginner to get the vast range of Dave Brubeck's musical range and complexities as a composer, as well as his dynamite presence as a performer. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2000
Label: Columbia Europe
UPC: 5099751059424
catalogNumber: 5105942

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Brubeck   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist
Tony Bennett   Vocals
Jerry Bergonzi   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone
Joe Morello   Drums
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Rushing   Vocals
Alan Dawson   Drums
Eugene Wright   Bass
Louis Armstrong   Vocals
Bob Bates   Bass
Norman Bates   Bass
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Chris Brubeck   Electric Bass
Ron Crotty   Bass
Lloyd Davis   Drums
Joe Dodge   Drums
Russell Gloyd   Conductor
Carmen McRae   Vocals
Butch Miles   Drums
Bobby Militello   Alto Saxophone
Jack Six   Bass
Cal Tjader   Drums
Howard Brubeck   Conductor
Bill Airey Smith   Clarinet
Michael James Moore   Bass

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Dave Brubeck   Arranger,Producer
Paul Desmond   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
George Avakian   Producer
Chris Brubeck   Producer
Russell Gloyd   Arranger,Producer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Cal Lampley   Producer
Teo Macero   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Howard Brubeck   Arranger
William Claxton   Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Hank Parker   Contributor
Omar Carrasquilla   Tape Research
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Stacey Boyle   Tape Research
Mark Unterberger   Package Manager
L. Bernstein   Composer

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