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Dave Brubeck had already built a sizable audience for his experimental work with various time signatures like 7/4 and 9/8, but Time Out became his classic work and an album that both jazz hipsters and the general public embraced. As important as Brubeck was in the quartet's overall sound, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond is a seminal figure in adding a fluid, melodic polish to Brubeck's sometimes over-reaching piano work. The opening notes of the lead track "Blue Rondo À la Turk" kick things into the "cool jazz" stratosphere, and the album has a constant ebb and flow that makes it one of the most memorable of the modern-jazz era. Other standouts include Desmond's and drummer Joe Morello's killer solos on "Take Five," and Dave's playing on "Three to Get Ready."

Customer Reviews

Beautiful and Complex

It is the mixture of complexity, beauty, and spontaneity that makes this album genius. Time Out exhibits a variety of odd rhythmic meters (including 9/8 in Blue Rondo À la Turk) as well as a strange mixture of modes, yet the tunes flow so well. This work is not only highly original, but brilliantly pleasing to the ears.

Every Track is Five Stars

While Blue Rondo and Take Five are the big classics on this album, the other five tracks are just as good, if not even better. Strange Meadow Lark has a beautiful piano solo in the beginning, elaborating into a great melody for sax. Three to Get Ready is genius in that it's 6/8+4/4 meter feels so natural. Kathy's Waltz is cool because it combines 4/4 and 6/8 melodies together at the same time. Everybody's Jumpin and Pick Up Sticks are both in 6/4 time and are both superb.

A GREAT Jazz starter record

Along with "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis and "My Favorite Things" by John Coltrane, this is a fantastic record to begin a "jazz odyssey" of your own. If you don't like any of these songs, then you can forget about Jazz; stick with whatever else you're into. Peace

Biography

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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