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Can't beat the price. Dave and Desmond together one last time.
What a hidden gem.

Excellent Live Album

Dave Brubeck “retired” his classic Quartet at the end of 1967 to concentrate on composing, but he could not completely stay off the road. A “quartet” drafted by Newport Jazz Festival impresario George Wein—Gerry Mulligan, Jack Six, Alan Dawson—became, perhaps, the second “classic” quartet (though never in name), performing together until 1973. Here, past meets present as Paul Desmond joins to make a highly amiable and swinging ensemble.
“Truth” is from a recently-premiered cantata Brubeck wrote in response to the shootings on American university campuses that were shocking and angering the world at the time; Brubeck’s solo here is remarkable in that it is his only recorded foray into what might be “free” jazz.
“Unfinished Woman” is Mulligan’s rock-and-roll-grooved composition.
“Koto Song” features Desmond, and the piece is ethereal and contemplative, devoid of the swing-feel that accompanied Desmond’s solos when the “classic” Quartet performed this live.
“Take Five” is perhaps the definitive recording of this tune, outside of the original studio track (on Time Out) and the live version from At Carnegie Hall. Desmond’s solo transforms the harmony from minor to major; Mulligan takes Desmond’s final bluesy phrase and leads it down his own bebop path; Brubeck takes it down his polytonal path. But it is Alan Dawson remarkable drum solo (not to mention his wonderful, completely different groove) that raises this version to the level of a classic.
“Rotterdam Blues” and “Sweet Georgia Brown” are two encores, the former a down-and-dirty blues, the latter a solo piano adieu to a grateful audience.


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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