Brubeck Imported And Domestic In First-Class Live Package
Anthony G Pizza | FL | 10/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The mid-1950s through mid-1960s were remarkable years for jazz, especially for the challenging yet accessible music of Dave Brubeck's Quartet. In those years Brubeck was the first jazz musician to make a "Time" magazine cover, sell one million copies of a jazz instrumental, and raise a following first among college-age youth through hectic touring. This resulted in bristling peer comments (Columbia labelmate Miles Davis particularly nasty in an infamous "Down Beat" interview), but kudos from a public for whom Brubeck was (to paraphrase his Broadway show) a "real ambassador" for jazz. Much of this worldwide following came from appearances like these anthologized on "The Great Concerts," recorded between 1957-63 by the Quartet's greatest lineup at its most popular and creative. The players' alchemy is notable considering that, according to the liner notes, they played the Carnegie Hall portion in poor health after a long tour. Here, Brubeck chases Paul Desmond's fluttering sax solos on a swift "Blue Rondo a La Turk" and on intimate, compact renditions of Billy Strayhorn's "Take The A Train" and a gently persistent "Like Someone In Love." Joe Morello at times hides superb cymbal work behind Desmond's gliding, other times slamming (especially on "Real Ambassadors" where he duets with Brubeck's near boogie-woogie piano) with swinging intensity approaching a jazz variation of John Bonham. (If the "Time Signatures" box set is to be believed, Brubeck enjoyed such drum flamboyance.) This remains among the few live collections still in print from the Quartet's peak years (although Atlantic's "We're All Together Again For The First Time" from a decade later recaptures the group in fine form). It is thus essential for longtime Brubeck fans, although "Greatest Hits," his "Anything Goes" tribute to Cole Porter and the legendary "Time Out" are strong first purchases for the new listener."
Another great choice in Brubeck CD's...
William E. Adams | Midland, Texas USA | 01/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As I write this, there are four earlier reviews posted, and each is accurate. Check them out for details. One notes that Miles Davis was not a big Brubeck fan back in the day. What does that mean to me, who is a fan of both artists? I even like the late-career Brubeck, while I don't much care for the late-career Davis, who I saw in concert in NYC in 1970. As a jazz lover, especially of the 20-year-period after the end of WW II, I note with sadness the drug and alcohol-ruined careers of so many, the financial hardships of so many, and the snobbery and feuding of so many. Music either pleases one's ear, heart, mind and soul or it does not...and sometimes one comes to like in later years what one could not dig when younger, and vice-versa. This Brubeck is his best quartet, doing live what they also did well in the studio. He had a great Sixties, and sold a bunch of records and many people began their jazz love with Dave and later grew into the racial roots of the form. What's wrong with that? Buy Dave. Buy Miles. Buy Coltrane, Mingus and Chet Baker. Don't worry about the kind of jazz it is or the color of the creator of it, if it makes you happy to hear it. I play this CD a lot, when I'm NOT playing Monk or the Modern Jazz Quartet, or Miles Davis. To quote a famous Miles' tune, "So What?""
An excellent cd
Tom W.C Oppenheim | Victoria, Australia. | 06/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Once again the Dave Brubeck quartet shines for me. I really enjoy this album. I actually heard two of the tunes (Blue Rondo and Tangerine) on the radio and they got me hooked. Those two are my favourites. Tangerine is just awesome, Desmond's technique is flawless and his ideas are wonderful. Each little idea is a gem. The same goes for Blue Rondo. The other tunes are nice, but these are the standouts."
Spectacular live concerts by the Quartet!
Tom W.C Oppenheim | 03/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This magnificent CD covers three live concerts given by the DBQ. The tracks are all brilliant examples of how this seminal group played before an audience. Track one, "Pennies From Heaven" is the group at it's swinging heights. The melody, cleverly disguised by Brubeck is a high-octane adventure. Listen to Joe Morello's drumming on this, it's easy to see how talented he is. Other selections include ultra quick versions of "Take Five", and "Blue Rondo A La Turk". Listen to how the audience reacts when they begin these tunes. Their worldwide poularity is clearly evident. The rest of the CD is a great mix of standards, from the propulsive swing of "Take The "A" train, to the lush, unabashed romanticism of "For All We Know", and "Like Someone In Love." To round off this collection of live brillance, is the swinging "Tangerine", supposedly Paul Desmond's favorite song. He plays with such vigor that he doesn't even allow Dave to introduce the tune as usual. After Dave's dramatic solo, listen to Paul's exuberant reentry, it will instantly start your toe-tapping and your face smiling."
A Must for even the novice collector
email@example.com | New York | 10/01/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a Brubeck fan since '68. Even so, could not stop listening to this classic collection. "Pennies From Heaven" deserves particular comment. It begins with a far out lead as Dave attempts to pump up the group. Morello (on drums) is the first to grab the tune and Eugene Wright (on base) quickly follows. Morrello's drumming on this song is perhaps the best you'll ever hear. It's literally a solo woven throughout the fabric of the number.This CD is worth it a twice the price."