209

Dave Brubeck Quartet: London Flat, London Sharp

By

Sign in to view read count
Dave Brubeck Quartet: London Flat, London Sharp It's ironic that Dave Brubeck, alive and well into his 80's, is best known for a song he didn't even write over forty years ago. Ironic, because, as London Flat, London Sharp testifies, his own writing has only improved with age. With the wisdom that comes with decades of playing, his touch on the piano, while still spry, has lightened up from it's oft-criticized heavy handedness of an earlier time.

With lengthy intros, as on the tango "Time of Our Madness," or the extended solo during the swinging "Mr. Fats," Brubeck makes a good case. Articulate and nimble, sly and provocative, his glassy tone is perfectly meshed with bassist Michael Moore and drummer Randy Jones. Bobby Militello, forever cursed to be compared to Paul Desmond, Brubeck's most famous partner, is content to be himself: blowing hard, intensely, and strong on the likes of the title piece, melancholy (on flute) and wistful during "Steps to Peace," and only succumbing to Desmond on a retake of the '61 composition "Unisphere."

Brubeck is still able to play well with time signatures, using shifting meters throughout the entire recording. Closing with a nostalgic and dreamy reading of one of his first compositions on solo piano, "Ballad of the Rhine," he amply shows that time has not caught up to him.


Track Listing: London Flat, London Sharp; To Sit and Dream; The Time of Our Madness; Unisphere; Steps to Peace; Forty Days; Cassandra; Yes, We All Have Our Cross to Bear; Mr. Fats; Ballad of the Rhine

Personnel: Dave Brubeck, piano; Bobby Militello, alto sax and flute; Michael Moore, double bass; Randy Jones, drums

Title: London Flat, London Sharp | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Telarc Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read 90 Going On Amazing CD/LP/Track Review 90 Going On Amazing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read L.O.T.U.S. CD/LP/Track Review L.O.T.U.S.
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Art in the Age of Automation CD/LP/Track Review Art in the Age of Automation
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Screen Sounds CD/LP/Track Review Screen Sounds
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 20, 2017
Read "Genesis, Mystery And Magic" CD/LP/Track Review Genesis, Mystery And Magic
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 6, 2017
Read "Here on Earth" CD/LP/Track Review Here on Earth
by Doug Collette
Published: May 2, 2017
Read "America's National Parks" CD/LP/Track Review America's National Parks
by John Sharpe
Published: November 11, 2016
Read "The Core Trio Live, featuring Matthew Shipp" CD/LP/Track Review The Core Trio Live, featuring Matthew Shipp
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 20, 2016
Read "Unnatural  Events" CD/LP/Track Review Unnatural Events
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 16, 2017
Read "My Head Is Listening" CD/LP/Track Review My Head Is Listening
by John Sharpe
Published: July 20, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.