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Customer Reviews

Astonishing

I would have to say this is my favorite live album ever recorded. The amazing improvised solos by Joe Morello, Paul Desmond, and, of course, Dave Brubeck, are just mind boggling. You have to wonder how they possibly produced such a masterpiece within two hours. A definite must-have for any serious jazz enthusiast. Simply incredible.

The Greatest.

This is not only one of the greatest live albums of all time, it may be the best acoustic jazz album of all time. Get it. Brubeck and Desmond back and forth is as melodic as improv will get in my opinion.

DBQ at its pinnacle

The main review above is not kidding. This album is most certainly the best live album from the "classic" Brubeck Quartet of Desmond, Wright and Morello. "St. Louis Blues," with Desmond's erudite offering coupled with Brubeck's bitonal explorations, plus forceful solos from Wright and Morello, herald two sets of swinging. "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo" were two-and-a-half years old to this band, and the comfort they exude with these tracks as well as the other rhythmic "experiments" make even "Eleven Four" seem relaxed, yet intense in its groove. It's also obvious that the band KNOWS it's going great, and are willing to push even further: note Brubeck's Monkish solo on "For All We Know," or Desmond's good-natured blowing on "Pennies From Heaven." And then there's Morello's impossibly brilliant solo on "Castillian Drums," exploiting all the timbres of his instruments while slowly working the hall into a frenzy of pop-music proportions. You will greatly enjoy this album.

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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