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|Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond|
Buried Treasures - Recorded Live in Mexico City
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Seven tracks, dormant since recorded live in Mexico City in 1967, spotlight the Brubeck Quartet in fine form. Average track time is about eight minutes, which means that the band stretches substantially more than on studio... more »
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Seven tracks, dormant since recorded live in Mexico City in 1967, spotlight the Brubeck Quartet in fine form. Average track time is about eight minutes, which means that the band stretches substantially more than on studio LPs. That's especially welcome from alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, whose subtle playing was sometimes lost in the context of shorter material, but who radiates warmth and fascination at length here. On Brubeck's "Koto Song," for instance, his lovely, restrained approach to the Asian-tinged melodic material is stunning; can't say the same for Brubeck's rather drippy faux Orientalist solo on the same tune, though, nor for his playing in various other spots, which often drags things down. "Sweet Georgia Brown" is a corny choice, and it's played as such--probably a ploy to please middlebrow palettes--but again Desmond saves it from dreardom; the obligatory "Take Five" is included, as is "Forty Days," a not-dissimilar excerpt from a Brubeck oratorio. --John Corbett
An absolutely classic, must-have live recording
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who was the idiot that left these recordings in the vault all these years? Music as great and universal as this needs to be out there for people to feed their souls on. Better late than never though and this companion concert to the one that produced the 'Bravo' Mexican-themed record is a revelation. In terms of performance and especially in terms of sound it is a better night than 'Bravo' which was one hell of an inspired performace in its own right. The band comes out smoking on an awesome version of 'Mr. Broadway' (Brubeck's ode to 'Detective Series')and doesn't let up until a fabulously varied version of 'St.Louis Blues' at the very end. There are two 5/4 metered tracks performed, the magnificent 'Forty Days' and a drum-solo-less version of 'Take 5' where Desomond gets to stretch in interesting directions. Everyone needs to have a copy of this record, and especially people who hate jazz or think they hate jazz, because it is nearly impossible not to be moved by it. This era is long gone, but Brubeck's classic quartet with Desmond, the epitome of 'American International Cool Jazz,' is still the group that turns most people on to the glories of Jazz without in any way having watered itself down or compromised. They are simply upbeat and non-cynical in an infectious way, and you cannot hold that against them as true artists; they are never mawkish or cloying and they absolutely refuse to pander."
Marvelous renditions of well known compositions
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I reviewed the track titles I was hesitant in purchasing "Buried Treasures" as I already owned several renditions of several tracks. However, let me encourage you to buy this recording. There is an excellent "concert" atmosphere and Brubeck and Desmond are in excellent form - especially on St Louis; Take Five and Broadway. These tracks especially contain the essence and brilliance of the Brubeck Quartet."
One of their best
Michael J. Galvin | Los Angeles | 01/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This recording is excellent. This record, unlike so many jazz recordings of this era bristles with energy, yet avoids self-indulgence. The talent of these players was at its peak when this was recorded and along with "Bravo Brubeck" are must- haves. It will make you want a better stereo."