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Partially Redundant, but Truly Great Concerts.

Amongst the earliest of the Jazz Masterpieces reissues, The Great Concerts combines tracks from three live albums of the "classic" Brubeck Quartet (at least, so it says, more later). The first four tracks have been given their proper due by being subsequently rereleased in their original form, on the 2-disc At Carnegie Hall. These tracks show why this concert was so special, but you should really just by the complete album. You'll thank me. Really, it was nothing. Next are two tracks from Brubeck in Amsterdam, also recorded in 1963, but not released until 1968 or 9. At least, that's what the notes say, but I own this album on LP, and precisely none of these tracks can be found there. Nevertheless, they are clearly from the same concert, making them "previously unreleased." They swing marvelously. The final three tracks are from In Europe, recorded in 1958 when the Quartet was on its first State Department tour. Notable for being the first album with Eugene Wright on bass, it also contains a version of "Wonderful Copenhagen" where Brubeck takes an early foray into the superimposition of 4/4 time on top of a 3/4 foundation. But the track you should own is "Tangerine," which is 10 minutes of brilliance. Desmond's solo is widely considered one of the best of his career, and is here unedited, unlike the original LP release.


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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