It’s always a pleasure to revisit the music of pianist Dave Brubeck, one of a handful of jazz musicians who successfully made jazz “cool” by frequently crossing over to impress non-jazz listeners. Under their Masterworks Jazz imprint, Sony has restored to print several vintage titles that effortlessly illustrate the dynamism of Brubeck and his legendary quartet (alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, drummer Joe Morello and bassist Eugene Wright) as well as its enduring popularity – his “Time Out” album is as influential and popular a statement as Miles Davis’ “Kind Of Blue” and as much of a catalyst for sending jazz in new directions. Two boxed sets compile five completes albums, each made up as mini-facsimiles of the original LPs. The QUARTET box packages “Time Out,” “Time Further Out,” “Time Changes,” “Time In” and “Countdown: Time In Outer Space.” The BRUBECK box covers “Jazz Goes To College,” “Brubeck Plays Brubeck,” “Gone With The Wind,” “Brandenburg Gate: Revisited” and “Jazz Impressions Of New York.” With a MSRP price of $29.95 qualifies as a bargain, especially for music you’ll never tire of.
A nice article written by Marc Meyers about Brubeck appears in the Wall Street Journal, and you can read it here. Nate Chinen of the New York Times is dazzled (as we all would be) by a recent appearance at the Blue Note by Brubeck. Read his take here.
Labels: Dave Brubeck, Eugene Wright, Joe Morello, Marc Myers, Nate Chinen, Paul Desmond, Time Out