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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 ...

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The Brubeck Brothers Quartet Releases "Timeline," Celebrating Dave Brubeck's Historic 1958 State Dept. Tour

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet Releases "Timeline," Celebrating Dave Brubeck's Historic 1958 State Dept. Tour

Chris Brubeck and Dan Brubeck are extensions of a remarkable jazz legacy. Although they toured and recorded with their father extensively, the immensely popular and influential jazz innovator Dave Brubeck, Chris and Dan have forged their own musical identities. Bassist and trombonist Chris and drummer Dan have previously released four albums with their band Brubeck Brothers Quartet. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Brubeck Brothers Quartet: at Filoli Estate

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

Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Filoli Estate
Woodside, California
August 23, 2013

Six 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Intuition

Read "Intuition" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

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 ...