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Catch the Wave

An album of mostly originals from 1962, the year of the Bossa Nova. The tunes are pleasant and the playing is high-quality, but this album is not terribly memorable. The title tune did have some life afterwards (notably on the incredible "At Carnegie Hall" double-album), but the best thing on this album is, ironically, the "Bossa Nova USA" drum rhythm used on the standard "This Can't Be Love," the final track. It is a massive pity that Desmond's solo is largely edited out, because Brubeck's on fire for his solo—rare that a studio recording could result in such inspired improvising.


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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