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Album Review

Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Timeline

Read "Timeline" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie had gone before him as Eisenhower's jazz ambassadors for America, when pianist Dave Brubeck--along with his sizzling quartet comprising alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond, drummer Joe Morello and bassist Eugene White--set out on their 1958 State Department-sponsored tour. The group gave around 80 official performances across 14 countries, taking in Europe (west and east of the Iron Curtain) and the Middle East. Timeline is the Brubeck Brothers's infectious 60th anniversary celebration of ...

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Album Review

Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Timeline

Read "Timeline" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


This album by the Brubeck Brothers--led by Chris and Dan Brubeck, sons of legendary pianist Dave Brubeck--commemorates the 60th anniversary of “President Eisenhower's Special International Program for Cultural Presentations," the 1958 State department tour in which prominent jazz musicians traveled to 14 countries to give 80 concerts in 90 days. This grueling schedule was endured by such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and the Dave Brubeck Quartet. For Brubeck, the inspiration was mutual, reflected in compositions that ...

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Live Review

Brubeck Brothers Quartet at Arizona Musicfest

Read "Brubeck Brothers Quartet at Arizona Musicfest" reviewed by Patricia Myers


Brubeck Brothers Quartet Arizona Musicfest Highlands Church Scottsdale, Arizona February 7, 2014 Those Brubeck boys really nailed it at Arizona Musicfest, performing a concert-with-commentary tribute that traced their famed father's six-decade career. Dave Brubeck's musical and personal history was celebrated by trombonist-bassist Chris Brubeck and drummer Dan Brubeck, playing his hits and telling the tales behind them, with photos and videos shown on a pair of big screens. Brubeck's two biggest hits, ...

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Brubeck Brothers Quartet: at Filoli Estate

Read "Brubeck Brothers Quartet: at Filoli Estate" reviewed by Bill Leikam


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 ...

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Album Review

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: LifeTimes

Read "LifeTimes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


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 ...

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The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: LifeTimes

Read "LifeTimes" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


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 ...

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Album Review

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Classified

Read "Classified" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


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 ...


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