Artist : Dave Brubeck
Album : 50 Years of Dave Brubeck Live at the Monterey Jazz
Label : Concord Music Group Source : CD
Cat. No. : MJFR30680 Size : 80.29 MB
Genre : Jazz StrDate: 2008-08-05
_ Quality : 154kbps/44.1khz/Joint Stereo RipDate: 2008-08-14 _
Another release in Concord's series of albums paying tribute to
the Monterey Jazz Festival (previously: Cal Tjader) is one that
fits me like a bespoke suit, because it features one of my
favorites. Dave Brubeck. 50 Years Of Dave Brubeck - Live At The
Monterey Jazz Festival (1958-2007) is exactly what you'd infer
from the title, a celebration of Brubeck's many appearances
through the years. It doesn't get much better than that.
Brubeck is in his eighties now and still performing, and his
appearance at the 2007 festival wowed the crowds just as much as
the one he made with the original quartet at the 1958 festival.
In fact, you could probably make a good case for Brubeck being
the heart and soul of the whole thing, because not only has he
made numerous appearances through the years, but he was in at the
beginning — before it even existed.
Brubeck and his legendary quartet - which included alto
saxophonist Paul Desmond, drummer Joe Morello, and bassist Eugene
Wright - was the group chosen by the festival's founder, Jimmy
Lyons, to perform for local bigwigs and educate them about jazz.
It worked out pretty well for everybody.
That edition of the Brubeck quartet is heard here on the first
three tracks, which includes some familiar pieces. Among them is
a 1962 performance of "Someday My Prince Will Come," the
quartet's innovative jazz interpretation of the theme from Snow
White, and from 1966, "Take Five," a song that had a few years
earlier become a mainstream hit and brought millions of new fans
to jazz. It's fascinating to hear and compare the improvisational
play here with the familiar original.
In subsequent years, Brubeck appeared at the festival with later
groups he'd formed. One of those included Gerry Mulligan on
baritone sax, along with Jack Six on bass and Alan Dawson on
drums, and included here are a couple of pieces from that group's
1971 appearance. I especially liked Mulligan's composition,
"Jumping Bean," which features Latin accents and outstanding
Later Brubeck appearances at the festival included one in 1985,
when his son Chris joined in with some skillful play on the bass,
and a poignant one in 1998 when Brubeck performed "Goodbye, Old
Friend," a song he'd written as a tribute to Mulligan, who had
died in 1996. Just one of the many special moments on this album
— highly recommended.
01. Two Part Contention (1958) 12:29
02. Someday My Prince Will Come (1962) 5:21
03. Take Five (1966) 5:41
04. Sermon on the Mount (1971) 5:33
05. Jumping Bean (1971) 8:23
06. Tritonis (1985) 7:32
07. Goodbye Old Friend (1998) 2:17
08. I Got Rhythm (2002) 6:59
09. Sleep (2006) 5:39
10. Margie (2007) 10:25