Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » The Dave Brubeck Quartet: The Dave Brubeck Quartet Live ...

7

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

By

Sign in to view read count
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.

Personnel

Album information

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

Comments

Tags


For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

More

In Duo
David Liebman, Jeff Williams
Two Moons
Michelle Lordi
Homage
Michael Weiss
Being
Chris Rottmayer

Popular

Compassion
Vijay Iyer
Jazz Hands
Bob James
Esengo
London Afrobeat Collective

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.