Dave Brubeck The Essential Dave Brubeck 2CD
Dave Brubeck is a member of that charmed circle of improvising artists whose popularity is commensurate with their musical accomplishments. The first jazz figure to make the cover of Time Magazine, Brubeck has for nearly half a century been a major figure as pianist, composer, and leader of perhaps the most widely known and well-traveled quartet in the history of jazz.
This was the foursome that was together from 1958 to 1967, featuring the elegantly floating alto saxophone of Paul Desmond and bulwarked by the rock-solid bassist Eugene Wright and the spectacular drummer Joe Morello. The quartet's "Take Five" (whose haunting, bluesy melody was written by Desmond) was their crossover breakthrough, leading to gold records featuring a host of exciting pieces in "odd" time signatures, like "Blue Rondo A La Turk".
This two-disc set is additionally notable for the man who selected all of its material: Dave Brubeck. The 31 tracks draw from 24 albums, spanning 53 years (1949-2002). There are studio and live recordings, groundbreaking performances (Brubeck leading his early quartets, which helped set the tone for West Coast cool), solo piano items, and many examples of his importance as a composer (including, among other things, the lilting "In Your Own Sweet Way" and the harmonically challenging "The Duke.") Plus, there are special guest cameos by Tony Bennett, Carmen McRae, Jimmy Rushing, Gerry Mulligan -- and jazz's once and future king, Louis Armstrong.
The Essential Dave Brubeck provides the ideal survey course in Brubeck Time.
2. Perdido (Live)
3. Take The "A" Train (Live)
4. Le Souk (Live)
6. The Duke (Live)
7. In Your Own Sweet Way
8. Weep No More
9. Some Day My Prince Will Come
10. Tangerine (Live)
11. Brandenburg Gate
12. Three To Get Ready
13. Blue Rondo A La Turk
14. There'll Be Some Changes Made - featuring Jimmy Rushing
1. Take Five
3. It's A Raggy Waltz
4. Unsquare Dance
5. Kathy's Waltz (Instrumental)
6. Travelin' Blues (Live) - Featuring Carmen McRae
7. Summer Song - Featuring Louis Armstrong
8. That Old Black Magic - Featuring Tony Bennett
9. Bossa Nova U.S.A.
10. Autumn In Washington Square
11. Theme From "Mr. Broadway"
12. La Paloma Azul (Live)
13. Recuerdo (Live)
14. Caravan (Live)
15. Star Dust
16. Brother, Can you Spare A Dime?
17. Love For Sale (Live)