Gone With the Wind
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
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||Swanee River||The Dave Brubeck Quartet||5:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Lonesome Road||The Dave Brubeck Quartet||7:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Georgia On My Mind||The Dave Brubeck Quartet||6:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Camptown Races||The Dave Brubeck Quartet||1:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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||Short'nin' Bread||The Dave Brubeck Quartet||2:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Basin Street Blues||The Dave Brubeck Quartet||4:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ol' Man River||The Dave Brubeck Quartet||2:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gone With the Wind||The Dave Brubeck Quartet||6:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
This dynamic quartet, strongly influential during the cool jazz period, performed as a group from 1951 to 1967. Since the 1930s, leader Dave Brubeck received high praise and critical acclaim for his role as bandleader and for his stirring arrangements. At the piano, Brubeck plays along with the accompaniment of Paul Desmond, another timeless jazz legend in his own right. Joe Morello drives the rhythm of the group on drums and percussion with the help of Gene Wright, who shares his talent and pulsating beats on standup bass. Desmond is featured on this collection of standards, jamming along on the alto sax to tunes such as "Swanee River," "That Lonesome Road," and "Basin Street Blues." Brubeck shimmers with radiance and phenomenal craftiness in his piano improvisation at the end of "Georgia on My Mind." Morello gives it his creative all with a rich flair for rhythm during his strong solo performance on the tune "Short'nin' Bread." It is here that a superb call-and-response exchange between Morello's drums and Brubeck's piano is rendered. The song "Camptown Races" is featured here in two takes. Its mood and rhythmic power is intense and uplifting, pulling the listener into its dreamy percussive web. One can almost feel the crowd of thousands cheering a group of racehorses making their way around the turn to a photo finish.
The album as a whole is filled with wonderful surprises and contains some of the best that the cool jazz style has to offer. It is written in the record notes that the foursome believed this would be a special session from the very first take. The group played several of these tunes for the first time in the studio, working out the final product spontaneously. This recording is masterful in scope and very stimulating in style and detail. The percussion of Morello and the bass playing of Wright are quite colorful and filled with texture and majestic rhythmic quality. Desmond's lead on the alto sax is compelling and passionate, filled with joyous melodies that would be perfect for a romantic date. His ability to surf up, down, and through scale passages with a sense of effortlessness is certainly full proof as to why he is regarded with such high esteem within the entire spectrum of jazz. Dave Brubeck's proficiency resonates throughout the record as he shows off his classically trained ear. Brubeck is one of the few pianists who, during his day, clearly avoided standard bop melodic conceptions and rhythmic feeling, and played within a unique style very much his own. Gone With the Wind is strongly recommended not only for the seasoned jazz fan, but also for first-time listeners who wish to be thoroughly captivated.
Considering that Time Out was recorded the same year, this amiable album serves as a reminder to listeners and historians that Brubeck and his Quartet was always about swinging, even when Brubeck's playing deliberately denied the swinging pulse by overlaying something else. Despite having a modern take on rhythm and harmony, Brubeck is deeply rooted in the tradition of Art Tatum and Fats Waller, though these influences infrequently came to the fore. While some of the least "adventurous" music Brubeck recorded, this album is a pleasure from start to finish. An album largely of first-takes, the selections are music from or associated with the South. Brubeck's touch is light and deft, even when playing fuller chords, and his performance on "Georgia on My Mind" is amongst his most relaxed and intimate. Desmond is at his creative, witty best on "The Lonesome Road," where during his 4-bar trades he quotes "Entry of the Gladiators" (the circus tune, you'll know it when you hear it) and "Rhapsody in Blue," as well as a quick melody in a completely different key—perhaps a nod to the leader's style. Wright and Morello are by this time, an effortlessly swinging unit, providing foundation for the soloists' flights, as well as contributing compelling solos of their own.
This album is one of their wittiest and sounds like they had alot of fun recording it. Paul was jamming around on "Lonesome Road", and he hadn't gotton it out of his system when they did "Gone With The Wind", where he quotes Sonny Rollins with "St.Thomas".
This album is a must for Brubeck fans and fans of good music period. It made me smile and laugh.
Born: December 6, 1920 in Concord, CA
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s