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The Dave Brubeck Quartet: The Dave Brubeck Quartet Live from the Northwest,1959


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The Dave Brubeck Quartet: The Dave Brubeck Quartet Live from the Northwest,1959
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Live from the Northwest,1959 was recorded in a moment of jazz history that showcased the quartet's exceptional musical prowess and Dave Brubeck's innovative approach to jazz composition. The album offers a vibrant snapshot of the group's improvisational energy and collective synergy exemplified by the four incomparable musicians, which, in addition to Brubeck, were Paul Desmond alto saxophone, Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello drums.

This seven-track concert was recorded over two days in April 1959 by sound engineer Wally Heider, firstly at the Multnomah Hotel Portland, Ore. and secondly at the nearby Clark College, which continued a Brubeck quartet tradition of live recordings at college campuses throughout the United States. The set list contains five jazz/popular standards and two original Brubeck compositions.

The opening track is that old Dixieland jazz standard "When The Saints Go Marching In," and a joyous swinger it is, with Morello and Wright laying down the rhythmic foundation. Desmond's alto sax leads off in a smooth, lyrical vein, followed by Brubeck's sinuous piano solo. The two then engage in some tricky contrapuntal exchanges before the tune plays out. "Basin Street Blues" is another delightful track, pushed along by Morello's creative brushwork. Desmond and Brubeck build a palpable dynamism in their playing that throws off tangible creative energy that immerses the audience.

Regardless of the compositions, whether it is "These Foolish Things " or "Gone With the Wind," it's clear that Brubeck and Desmond have established an intricate and harmonious framework by which they seamlessly integrate intricate patterns into the fluidity of the music. No less important are Wright and Morello, who elevate the quartet's sound to new heights by infusing each track with an irresistible groove and infectious energy. Dave Brubeck's lengthy composition "Two Part Contention" perfectly exemplifies his commitment to pushing the boundaries of the jazz genre. All four members dive into the musical frame with spontaneous improvisation and progressive musical concepts identifying the quartet's singular sound. In summary, this release is a testament to the quartet's groundbreaking contribution to the world of jazz and their lasting influence on the genre.

Track Listing

When The Saints Go Marching In; Basin Street Blues; These Foolish Things; Gone With The Wind; Multnomah Blues; Two Part Contention; Lonesome Road.


Album information

Title: The Dave Brubeck Quartet Live from the Northwest,1959 | Year Released: 2023 | Record Label: Derry Music Company



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