Dave Brubeck: The Essential Dave Brubeck (2003)
Much of The Essential Dave Brubeck comes from that vital period. They’re the songs we can never forget: 7/8, 5/4, waltzes, blues, ballads, and bossa novas. The results are both intellectual and swinging.
When Brubeck steps out on a local college campus, in a packed concer auditorium, or to some distant land, he carries more than a mere night’s entertainment with him. As an ambassador of modern jazz, he’s a prizewinner.
And the adventure continues. His July 10, 2002 recording of “Love For Sale” closes out this two- volume compilation. Bobby Militello, Michael Moore and Randy Jones swing the standard with technical prowess. All the elements are there: creative improvisation from the fluid saxophonist, a lyrical bass solo that captures your ear, subdued brushwork to belie the song’s history, and a fiery piano improv unlike any other.
There’s a lot more. A personal favorite, “Recuerdo” with Gerry Mulligan, moves deftly in 6/8 along an exotic trail that one would wish had never ended.
More than half of The Essential Dave Brubeck features the leader’s stellar quartets, most with Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright and Joe Morello. Each one is a classic.
Track Listing: Indiana; Perdido; Take the
Personnel: Dave Brubeck- piano; Paul Desmond- alto saxophone; Eugene Wright, Ron Crotty, Bob Bates, Joe Benjamin, Norman Bates, Michael Moore, Jack Six- bass; Joe Morello, Cal Tjader, Lloyd Davis, Joe Dodge, Butch Miles, Randy Jones, Alan Dawson- drums; Gerry Mulligan- baritone saxophone on
Record Label: Columbia Records