Brubeck Brothers QuartetFiloli EstateWoodside, CaliforniaAugust 23, 2013Six hundred fifty people streamed onto what had years before been a tennis court converted into an outdoor concert setting at the early 20th Century Filoli Estate, just south of San Francisco, California. Add to that the 50 volunteers and there were 700 people listening to the final, sold-out jazz concert of the season to hear the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. Accompanying the Brubeck brothers--Chris Brubeck on electric bass and trombone and Dan Brubeck on drums--were pianist Chuck Lamb and guitarist Mike DeMicco, who rounded out this well known quartet ...read more
Jazz has proven, time and time again, that the bonds of family feed the creative soul. Everybody from the Jones brothers and the Marsalis family to the 3 Cohens have found satisfaction in the connection that comes with blood and blues, DNA and musical dynamism, and kinship of the artistic and literal varieties; The Brubeck Brothers are no exception. Chris and Dan Brubeck, the offspring of the one and only Dave Brubeck, having been playing and recording with each other since they were kids and it shows. Their famous piano-playing father's musical lifestyle rubbed off on them ...read more
LifeTimes, the fourth CD from the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, is a powerful tribute to musical giant Dave Brubeck by two of his natural sons (bassist/trombonist Chris Brubeck and drummer Dan Brubeck) and two of their honorary brothers" (guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb). Half the compositions are Dave's, most of them dating back decades, but they are so freshly imagined that they sound as if they've just been written. The set ends with Take Five," which is Paul Desmond's tune but arguably Dave's most famous performance (here, it starts with a second-line, New Orleans groove).Downloaders will miss ...read more
This is the follow-up to the well-received Brubeck Brothers Quartet's Intuition (Koch, 2006), which spent three months in the jazz top 20. There are some obvious similarities: Classified is also unusually bountiful, weighing in at over 78 generous minutes; the band (aka the BBQ) features three of the same stellar players, now with regular touring partner Chuck Lamb rather than wunderkind Taylor Eigsti at the piano; and the music is uniformly excellent in its composition, execution, and recording quality. Now for the details.
The title reflects the fact that Classified embraces some classical instrumentation: specifically, the ...read more
The prospect of reviewing an all-original release can strike apprehension--if not actual fear--in a critic's heart. With the growing ease of self-production, it's increasingly likely that such recordings will be monuments to tuneless self-indulgence.
This is one reason why Intuition is such a treat: the compositions are not only fresh, melodic and memorable, but they're rendered with sublime expertise and considerable joy. From guitarist Mike DeMicco's swinging West of One" through the tipsy second-line groove of Parade du Funk" and the jubilant Jump Up, Get Down" and Change Up," jazz doesn't get any jollier than this.
The music is laced ...read more
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