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The essential Dave Brubeck
Brubeck, Dave.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Columbia, [2003]

Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
"This package contains previously released material"--Container.

Compact discs.

Includes program notes by Joel Lewis, inserted.
Disc 1. Indiana (2:33) -- Perdido (live) (7:47) -- Take the "A"train (live) (6:17) -- Le souk (live) (4:42) -- Audrey (3:33) -- The Duke (live) (2:44) -- In your own sweet way (4:58) -- Weep no more (3:57) -- Some day my prince will come ( from Snow White & the seven dwarfs) (8:16) -- Tangerine (live) (10:17) -- Brandenburg Gate (6:51) -- Three to get ready (5:24) -- Blue rondo a la Turk (6:45) -- There'll be some changes made (Jimmy Rushing, vocals) (2:07). Disc 2. Take five (5:24) -- Maria (3:21) -- It's a raggy waltz (5:11) -- Unsquare dance (2:00) -- Kathy's waltz (instrumental) (3:02) -- Travelin' blues (live) (Carmen McRae, vocals) (2:54) -- Summer song (Louis Armstrong, vocals) (3:14) -- That old black magic (Tony Bennett, vocals) (3:19) -- Bossa nova U.S.A. (2:30) -- Autumn in Washington Square (5:29) -- Theme from "Mr. Broadway" (2:28) -- La paloma azul (live) (6:21) -- Recuerdo (live) (Gerry Mulligan, baritone sax) (5:24) -- Caravan (live) (4:17) -- Stardust (5:21) -- Brother, can you spare a dime? (7:27) -- Love for sale (live) (from The New Yorkers) (8:40).
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Music CD


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This double-disc overview collects 31 tracks selected by Dave Brubeck and provides an excellent overview of his long career. While the temptation would be to concentrate on the wildly successful run of albums his quartet -- with saxophonist Paul Desmond, bassist Eugene Wright, and drummer Joe Morello -- cut for the label between 1958 and 1967, this compilation actually contains cuts from 24 albums recorded between 1949 and 2002, and draws from numerous labels, settings, concerts, and studio sessions. Certainly most of the hits are here, including "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo à la Turk," but so are lesser-known favorites from the early years, including live versions of Duke Ellington tunes such as "Perdido" and "Take the 'A' Train." In addition, Brubeck has often chosen mono versions over later stereo ones and the set is all the better for it -- go no further than the spooky modal blues called "Audrey" on disc one for proof. Disc two provides much of the better-known material, including some excellent takes on show tunes such as the theme from Mr. Broadway and "Maria" from West Side Story. While it's true that Time Out provides an excellent introduction to the music of Brubeck's famed quartet all by itself, this collection is a compelling introduction for the beginner to get the vast range of Dave Brubeck's musical range and complexities as a composer, as well as his dynamite presence as a performer. ~ Thom Jurek