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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."

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50 Years On...

...and one of the finest Jazz recordings ever is still going strong. Throw in the live "previously unreleased" tracks and Time Out is well worth buying all over again. If you've never treated yourself to this gem, now is the perfect time to do so. 1959 was a landmark year in jazz with some legendary releases (Coltrane's "Giant Steps", Miles' "Kind of Blue" and Coleman's "Shape of Jazz to Come") and Brubeck's Time Out easily holds its own amongst these jazz giants. Sit back, relax and Take Five.

These are not the original takes...

I will never dispute the greatness and the importance of Time Out. My rating does not reflect my opinion of the album per se, it's just that the 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition is not the same Time Out you may have heard...

Sony screwed up when they released this. These are not the original takes that Brubeck and Desmond selected for release. Blue Rondo a la Turk, for example, is riddled with small technical playing errors that do not appear on the original LP or the earlier CD releases. Click on the Blue Rondo sample above, for example. You can hear saxophonist Paul Desmond "frack" one and a half seconds in. That did not appear on the original release! Later in the track, you can even hear errors by Brubeck. I could go on to point out several errors in other tracks, but what's the point? It's out there now and Sony doesn't care because it sold and still sells.

It's too bad, though, that the original tracks that Mr. Brubeck and the band intended will fade away in some corporate warehouse somewhere...

Again, these are not the original takes that Brubeck and Desmond selected for release - and there is NO indication by Sony in the liner notes that this is a release of alternate takes!

The live stuff is terrific, however.

Don't get me wrong, Time Out a great album and an enjoyable listen... This, however, is not the recording you have originally heard. Look for a used LP or early cd copy somewhere, if you are looking for the purity of the original release.

If you don't care, get this one. It's good, and easily worth the $7.99. But shame on Sony for screwing this one up! And for the album's 50th Anniversary!


This is an incredible album, a must own for any jazz enthusiast (or even if you aren't a jazz fan, if you own one jazz album it should be this one!)


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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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: May 26, 2009

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