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Time Signatures: A Career Retrospective
Genres: Jazz, Pop
With material from 1946 to 1991, this handsome box set reveals the enormous breadth of Brubeck's interests, accomplishments, and collaborations. There are tracks, for example, with Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Rushing, Gerry Mul... more »
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With material from 1946 to 1991, this handsome box set reveals the enormous breadth of Brubeck's interests, accomplishments, and collaborations. There are tracks, for example, with Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Rushing, Gerry Mulligan, and Carmen McRae. There's even a duo with Charles Mingus. Also here is the full range of Brubeck's studied structures, involved harmonies, and elements unusual to jazz, including expansive time signatures and the use of fugue form and 12-tone theory. Included, of course, are such signature hits as "Blue Rondo a la Turk" and "Take Five." Brubeck came up playing hillbilly, swing, and Dixieland, and at college studied modern composition. All of that--and little constraint--informed his complex, idiosyncratic style. The package includes an 80-page booklet with his biography, rare photographs, and descriptions of every track. --Peter Monaghan
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"IF YOU LIKE BRUBECK, YOU WILL FIND THIS BOX SET ENJOYABLE. IT INCLUDES SETS FROM HIS BEGINNING UNTIL THE PRESENT. THE TEXT MATERIAL IS VERY GOOD AND GIVES A GOOD BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF HIS LIFE AND MUSIC.THE MUSIC IS TAKEN FROM HIS MANY ALBUMS AND CONCERTS IN THE US AND AROUND THE WORLD. I PARTICULARY LIKED THE MUSIC FROM "JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE" AND HIS MEXICAN CONCERTS IN MEXICO CITY AND PUEBLA.IT IS A GOOD CROSS SECTION OF HIS MUSIC OVER THE YEARS AND THE FIDELITY AND DIGITAL MIXING IS VERY GOOD."
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found this box set to be a fabulous retrospective of Brubeck's long career. The booklet offers Brubeck's insights into each selection that reflect his humor and affection for his fellow artists. Fifty dollars well spent."