by The Dave Brubeck Quartet [Compact Disc 781.65 Bru]
challenged, when I saw my colleague's review of Miles Davis' Kind
of Blue, which he described as arguably the greatest jazz album of all time, to
write up a recommendation of my own favorite jazz cd. And this review seems
appropriately timely, considering the passing of musician Dave Brubeck, at the
beginning of December. Time
Out was a 1959 album by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and is a marvelous,
infectious combination of upbeat tones and traditional West Coast Jazz elements.
The album is comprised of only 7 tracks, and features Brubeck on piano, Paul
Desmond on alto sax, Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums. The album's
title is a light-hearted warning to listeners that most of the tracks experiment
with unusual rhythyms and time signatures, including 9/8 and 5/4 patterns. All 7
tracks are very memorable pieces, but the stand-outs include "Take Five," "Blue
Rondo a la Turk," "Kathy's Waltz" and "Pick Up Sticks." This album is definitely
a feel-good jazz album, and is always the album I recommend to anyone looking to
sample the field for the first time. Although poorly reviewed when it first came
Out sold extremely well, becoming the first jazz album to go Platinum (sell
1,000,000 copies) -- the single "Take Five" also went Platinum on its own.
Unforgettable music, and forever timeless. -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [Subscribe to
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