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Brubeck a La Mode
Dave Brubeck
Brubeck a La Mode
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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It's easy to forget that Dave Brubeck ever recorded any fascinating music with a horn player other than Paul Desmond. But in clarinetist William O. Smith, Brubeck had another foil, another thorough, highly developed (and w...  more »

      
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All Artists: Dave Brubeck
Title: Brubeck a La Mode
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ojc
Release Date: 7/1/1991
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Cool Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 025218620024, 0025218020022, 0025218620024, 025218020015, 025218020022, 025218620017, 090204027507

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It's easy to forget that Dave Brubeck ever recorded any fascinating music with a horn player other than Paul Desmond. But in clarinetist William O. Smith, Brubeck had another foil, another thorough, highly developed (and well-regarded) composer with aerated tone and brilliance of ideas. This 1960 set, like Near Myth, features only Smith's compositions, all of them modal, and all of them showing melted edges and gentle bursts of creative improvising. Brubeck is his usual stalwart player, with his stark chords played so that they sound charming. Drummer Joe Morello and bassist Eugene Wright, Brubeck's best rhythm section, step up to Smith's demanding works, playing latticed harmony so that it rumbles a bit beneath the wood-toned clarinet--whose range sounds ever so Desmond-like. This is a sleeper in the Brubeck catalog, but don't let that imply anything negative. It's astounding. --Andrew Bartlett
 

CD Reviews

FAR OUT!!!!!!!!!!!
Christopher Covais | NEW YORK | 02/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is great and swings. I like the clarinet. Even though I like Paul Desmond's smooth alto sax, it was nice to here a different horn man in The Brubeck Group. Joe Morello doesn't get much solo space, but his snare and bass accents are cool. I like his Afro Cuban rythm on one song. This album is great. IT seemed to me that BIll Smith was going progressive and dragging Dave's quartet with him, as my title was, Far Out!!!!!!!"