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Dave Brubeck's newest album is titled The Crossing. Whether there is some deep allegorical meaning here is unclear. God knows, at this stage of this man's career he needs neither metaphors nor affirmation. Having performed in each of the last seven decades, Brubeck has passed the greatest and sternest test of all, time. He's here with still another quartet from which he gets the most pleasing, mellifluous stream of musical outpouring. Often criticized and diminished by elitist critics and jealous and mostly not very talented jazzers, he can sit back, smile and say "where are they all now?". This album is a set of engaging Brubeck compositions, covering a wide spectrum of style and tempi such as the slightly Latinized Bessie written in honor of his mother and a vehicle for Bobby Militello's flute. "Chasin' Yourself" is reminiscent, probably unintentionally, of the early days when Paul Desmond alto's was an essential cog in Brubeck's quartets. Militello plays in a more modern manner than Desmond, but he has the dry sound that recalls that laid back, cool altoist of yore. The inspiration for "Randy Jones" is obvious. His drums have been the rhythmic mainstay for Brubeck's group for the last 20 years. And so it goes. Each one of the nine tracks is Brubeck incarnate, rapturous, rhapsodic and remarkable. It is quite presumptuous for me (and perhaps any album commentator) to write about a Brubeck album these days. That falls into the same category as Moms Mabley's famous observation that "the only thing an old man can do for me is bring me a message from a young one". The only thing a jazz writer can do with regard to Brubeck is to help spread the word that he has another album on the street.
Track Listing: The Crossing; Day after Day; Mariel; All My Love;
Personnel: Dave Brubeck - Piano; Bobby Militello - Alto Sax/Flute; Alec Dankworth - Bass; Randy Jones - Drums
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com