The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out Hybrid Stereo SACD
THE definitive Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet!
Remastered by Bernie Grundman!
Authored by Gus Skinas for SACD on the SONOMA System!
Includes Rare Photos from the Columbia Studios Recording Session!
Analogue Productions presents the definitive Time Out by The Dave Brubeck
Quartet on Hybrid Stereo SACD
SACD booklet includes rare photos from the Columbia Studios recording session,
as well as an additional liner written by pianist Brubeck himself.
Virtually all serious and even casual music lovers ought to be familiar with, or
at least are likely to have heard The Dave Brubeck Quartet, even without
realizing it for the quartet's best-known hit "Take Five" has graced the
soundtracks of multiple films, including "Mighty Aphrodite," "Pleasantville" and
Including the monster hit "Take Five," the Brubeck Quartet's Time Out is a jazz
and audiophile classic. Every collection needs a copy. And
now, Analogue Productions brings you the definitive copy, on Hybrid SACD.
Why definitive? The Quartet's signature sound paired with
SACD technology goes together beautifully. Hybrid SACDs are designed to play in
both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players. And the
accompanying booklet is definitive in its own right, giving listeners a glimpse
inside the creative process via a liner written by Dave Brubeck and a note from
"Take Five," composer and the quartet's alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond.
Time Out's booklet also features fantastic photos shot during the recording
session at Columbia's famous 30th Street Studios (supplied by Sony).
Time Out was an experiment by the Quartet in odd rhythms,
and some of the other melodies have had a surprising and diverse history. "Three
To Get Ready" was a hit in France as "Jazz et Java" sung by Claude Nougaro, who
also had a hit with "A Bout de Scouffle" (Brubeck's "Blue Rondo A La Turk").
Also, "Kathy's Waltz" (named after Brubeck's daughter but spelled with a "K"
instead of "C" as is his daughter's name) has been recorded and performed by
The record label's sales executives didn't want a painting on the cover when
Time Out debuted in 1959 on Columbia Records, Brubeck told an interviewer. An
entire album of originals? That wouldn't work either, he was told. Some
standards and some show tunes were needed in the mix. Fortunately, Brubeck
ignored the conventional wisdom and Time Out became the original classic we know
it as today. Brubeck became proof that creative jazz and popular success can go
The album was intended as an experiment using musical styles Brubeck discovered
abroad while on a United States Department of State-sponsored tour of Eurasia.
In Turkey, he observed a group of street musicians performing a traditional
Turkish folk song that was played in 9/8 time, a rare meter for Western music.
Paul Desmond, who was Brubeck's alto saxophonist, wrote "Take Five," at
Brubeck's urging to try and write a song in quintuple (5/4) time.
"I told Paul to put a melody over (drummer) Joe Morello's beat," Brubeck
explained. As a jazz pianist, Brubeck became a household name in jazz in part
due to Time Out's success. Desmond's cool-toned alto and quick wit fit in well
with Brubeck's often heavy chording and experimental playing. Morello and
bassist Gene Wright completed the group. The Quartet traveled and performed
constantly around the world until breaking up in 1967 to pursue other musical
Time Out peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard pop albums chart and was certified
platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. "Take Five" became a
mainstream hit, reaching No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 5 on
Billboard's Easy Listening survey, the precursor to today's Adult Contemporary
charts. The song has been included in countless movies and television
soundtracks and still receives significant radio play.
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Rare black & white photos from Columbia Studios recording sessions
Remastered by Bernie Grundman
Authored by Gus Skinas on the SONOMA system
Dave Brubeck, piano
Paul Desmond, alto saxophone
Joe Morello, drums
Eugene Wright, bass
1. Blue Rondo A La Turk
2. Strange Meadow Lark
3. Take Five
4. Three To Get Ready
5. Kathy's Waltz
6. Everybody's Jumpin'
7. Pick Up Sticks
||Superior SACD issue!
|Having owned many versions of this over the decades, this comes as a welcome change from some iffy CD issues and presents the original mix from the 3 track recording unlike virtually all current digital renderings. Sound is unforced with significant depth and spatial cues, drums and piano have real substance and Desmonds horn is fully present. Acoustic bass is less prominent than some issues but cleaner and more defined.
Packaging is ok, standard SACD jewel case and booklet is minimal with credits and oiginal artwork reproduced, not in the same league as say MFSL issues. My copy had some small marks on disk surface but play is not affected. Hoping the folks at Analog Productions try to keep QC up with future issues.
Overall, worth getting for great SACD audio and original mix!|
|THIS 2CH version is done correctly. Finished analyzing this audio is some detail and comparing it with the original major label SACD release. The Sony version uses compression and audio even clips. What I see on analysis is also quite audible in the opening notes of the first track where the volume is clearly punched up. Dynamic range numbers are lower as well. I also compared to the Deluxe Edition OK and the Sony MasterSound Gold CD also great which I was lucky to have purchased at the time - its stellar too.
This is a no brainer - its a classic album that everyone should own and this Analogue Productions SACD version is done correctly.|