For over 50 years, Dave Brubeck has been sitting quietly behind the keys making some of the biggest sounds in jazz. He’s worked with Davis and Evans and played the music of Porter, Gillespie and even Disney. However, much if not most of his best work was with his trusted quartet, backed by the rhythms of drummer Joe Morello and bassist Eugene Wright and balanced by the signature sax lines of Paul Desmond.
On this new collection, some of Brubeck’s most romantic and lovingly-delivered offerings are brought together for a career retrospective with a special angle. Handing "My Romance" over to Desmond after a solo introduction and development, Brubeck takes his own sweet time with "In Your Own Sweet Way," sharing the lead with Desmond’s flugled horn for a west side trip through Sondheim and Bernstein’s "Somewhere." The Brubeck-Desmond original "Audrey" invites the noir-y rhythmic talents of Bob Bates and Joe Dodge, and a previously unreleased session of "You Go To My Head" lets Desmond take five while clarinetist Bill Smith sits in. Though "Like Someone in Love" may be a bit peppy to relax for relaxing by the fire, Desmond’s smooth delivery and a glass of wine make it all right.
Track Listing: 1. My Romance
2. What Is This Thing Called Love?
3. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
4. In Your Own Sweet Way
6. Paloma Azul (The Blue Dove)
8. You Go to My Head [#]
9. Like Someone in Love
10. Besame Mucho
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone. Feet in the dirt, or barefoot on a stage with sequins--it's soul beats in my chest.
I was first exposed to jazz while others listened to surf music in the '50s and '60s, it was Monk, Miles, Satchmo and Ella, Rosemary Clooney and Julie London followed. Margaret Whiting, Les McCann, Willie Bobo, Andy Simpkins, Snooky Young, Bill Basie and Helen Humes. The first time I heard Topsy, Take 2, I about passed out at the age of ten.
I've hung with Les McCann who more than 30 years after our first meeting became my duet partner on my CD, Don't Go To Strangers. Karen Hernandez from the start, Jack Le Compte on drums, Lou Shoch on bass, Steve Rawlins as my arranger and pianist, Grant Geissman - guitar genius, Nolan Shaheed, Richard Simon, and more. The big boys. My Red Hot Papas. The best show I ever attended was...
I met Helen Humes first back in 1981 and helped turn one Playboy Jazz Festival night into her tribute, bring the Basie Band to stage, her joy boys. Before she took the stage for the last time to sing, If I could Be With You One Hour Tonight thousands of copies of the newspaper I wrote for carried her story. It was kismet, her being held by Joe Williams backstage. Soon in my life were the great Linda Hopkins who told me I sang the song she wrote better than her, which floored me of course, the energizing Barbara Morrison and the stellar Marilyn Maye who guided me professionally.
My advice to new listeners... let your backbone slip and feel your body stripping back the barriers that prevent us from being one with the music.
Remember none of us are strangers, we just haven't met yet.