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An experiment with orchestra and jazz combo

The first side of the album is a piece written by one of Brubeck's relatives, Howard Brubeck. The NY Phil and Dave's group play it exceptionally well, considering how difficult it must be to do. And the second side, with the quartet pieces, seems a lot mellower. Either way, it's a classic example of genius+genius=excellent album. I recommend this to anyone interested in Jazz, Classical, or showtunes.

Like when chocolate met peanut butter!

Brilliant and uncompromising, this 1959 mash up of two of the most influential artists of the mid-century is a must own delight. Howard Brubeck hands his genius brother a gem of a suite and Dave and Leonard Bernstein deliver a knockout. Also buy on vinyl if you have a turntable. Truly sublime.


Born: December 6, 1920 in Concord, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the 1950s and '60s, few American jazz artists were as influential, and fewer still were as popular, as Dave Brubeck. At a time when the cooler sounds of West Coast jazz began to dominate the public face of the music, Brubeck proved there was an audience for the style far beyond the confines of the in-crowd, and with his emphasis on unusual time signatures and adventurous tonalities, Brubeck showed that ambitious and challenging music could still be accessible. And as rock & roll began to dominate...
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