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At Carnegie Hall [Original recording remastered, Live]

Dave BrubeckAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Dave Brubeck was one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds. With a career that spanned over six decades, his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain hallmarks of innovation.

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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1963
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005AWMW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. St. Louis Blues
2. Bossa Nova U.S.A.
3. For All We Know
4. Pennies From Heaven
5. Southern Scene
6. Three To Get Ready
Disc: 2
1. Eleven Four
2. It's A Raggy Waltz
3. King For A Day
4. Castilian Drums
5. Blue Rondo A La Turk
6. Take Five

Editorial Reviews

Their legendary 1963 performance! His eminent quartet plays the tune they made famous- Take Five -plus Blue Rondo a la Turk; Three to Get Ready; It's a Raggy Waltz; Pennies from Heaven , and more.

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last . . . September 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a great recording, and I've been impatiently waiting for the CD release. There's no point in detailing the highlights, because Dave's notes on the original LP say it all succinctly -- it was an "ordinary" date that caught fire -- and then burned the house down. The energy builds magically from a fine "St. Louis Blues" to breathtaking, definitive versions of "Blue Rondo a la Turk" and "Take Five." (If you felt "Rondo" and "Five" were tentative in the original recordings, this CD set will satisfy you at last.) For those lucky enough to have seen Morello, Desmond, Wright and Brubeck play together, this will capture the memories well, and maybe go the memories one better. For those who wonder what it was like to see one of the great ensembles of jazz, this is a complete concert and a peak experience.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Degree'd January 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is no doubt the most important, most exciting representation of the post-Take 5 quartet on record. Both Brubeck and Desmond are on fire, and the rhythm section of Gene Wright and Joe Morello insures the flames remain bright. And unlike the studio album, "Take 5," the odd time signatures by this time have become so second-nature to the musicians that extended, extemporaneous improvisation is the order of the night. Simply put, "At Carnegie Hall" recalls the earlier college concert dates but with the addition of a state-of-the-art rhythm section and the bold, virtuosic confidence that come with experience and success.

At the same time, the earlier recordings have their own strengths. Nowhere does the quartet sound more genuinely inspired than on "Jazz at Oberlin," "Jazz at the College of the Pacific," and "Jazz Goes to College"--performances that are characterized by in-the-moment creation and the sheer joy of discovery. Listen to Brubeck's heavy-handed bitonality and polyrhythmic thunder on "St. Louis Blues" from the Carnegie Hall date. It's in many respects dramatic and engaging but in a calculated, crowd-arousing manner that is not the case on the earlier, 1950's live recordings. Even though the earlier members of the rhythm section--usually Bob Bates and Joe Dodge--are clearly not marquee musicians, they're as empathetic and supportive a pair of team players as the two emerging stars could have asked for.

Forget "Time Out" and go directly to "At Carnegie Hall," which swings from the very first beat (listen, above all, to the crispness of Joe Morello's unfailing, rock-steady hi-hat.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fortune to have this concert back on CD!! July 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the best concert the group ever gave and it is a pity it has taken so long to release it back on CD.
Right from the start the group hits it off with the old "St. Louis Blues" and from these first crucial moments in the concert everything went off like a Formula One race in the group. It is followed by a very jazzy Bossa Nova USA ( note the difference with the original sinle release!)and it goes on and on.
Brubecks multi-tonal approach combines magically with Desmonds understated palying. Gene Wright blends in fantastically on the bass and has some very impressive solo's and, of course, Joe Morello's solo on Castillian drums is made in heaven and one of a kind.
It seems that all worked for the Quartet that night and if you read Jazz anthologies this is the concert referred to. I don't think the band ever reached this level of playing again. Like the other reviewers; thank you for releasing this because the LP version started to be worn out more than a little bit.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic at Carnegie Hall January 12, 2003
By J. Wise
Format:Audio CD
[this review refers to the original vinyl recording]
Friday night, February 22nd, 1963 the Dave Brubeck Quartet performed at Carnegie Hall. They were unsure the concert would occur because New York City was in the midst of a newspaper strike, hence they were unable to fully advertise the performance. They had nothing to fear.
We, the listening audience, were lucky that the relatively new recording technique of "stereo fidelity recording" was mature enough that the performance was preserved in stereo: Columbia, who produced the original vinyl discs, released both a stereo and monaural version.
By luck, I was already a fan because of the famous single, "Take Five" and purchased the album at the local PX at the Army base in Kaiserslaurtern, Germany. While I've transferred the music to a digital format, I still love playing the vinyl records with headphones on and a glass of scotch at my side.
Simply the best 96 minutes of the Dave Brubeck Quartet available.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, thank you, thank you! June 14, 2001
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Along with "Time Out" and "Timer Further Out," this is the absolutely essential Brubeck Quartet album. The rendition of "It's a Raggy Waltz" is one of my favorite jazz cuts of all time.
So why has this album not been available all these years?!? My old LP is completely worn out (and I no longer have a turntable, anyway). So thank you, thank you, thank you ... I can die happily now.
You'll love this album. Let me tell you why. What happened at that concert was something incredibly rare and special. The audience got completely involved, and that spurred the quartet on to amazing heights. To understand, it helps to know that Carnegie Hall is actually rather small, approximately 3,000 seats. A musician friend of mine played there recently, and she said the decor and acoustics are great, of course, but there's also a warmth and intimacy that encourages contact with the audience. That effect is evident on the album. They cooked. They swung. They were billiant. At the end, the audience even did a rhythmic clapping thing that, apparently, some European audiences do if especially pleased with a performance.
So if you like circa-1960 "modern" jazz, get it. You'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Brubeck--Close to My Teenage Heart
So here's my story: In 1962, when I was a sophomore in high school, just two weeks into the year in a brand new school and showing an interest in music, my good fortune hit an all... Read more
Published 8 days ago by sooz-a-ma-gooz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have...
One of the greatest live jazz recordings ever made. Phenomenal performance from a seminal band. This is a must have CD for any jazz fan...newbie or experienced. Read more
Published 9 days ago by G Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars how do you get to carnegie hall? practice practice practice
all of the favorite brubeck tunes on this fantastic double header……especially gratifying were the 2 solos; one by eugene wright on the bass and probably the best drum solo i've... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sidney mason
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best!
After listening to this concert for the umpteenth time, I have to say this CD is the very best in my collection. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Brubeck Quartet
no one did jazz better than this group. The CD is outstanding and I will no doubt wear it out. Lived up and surpassed my expectations.
Published 5 months ago by Lynne J. Condon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome drum solos
that predate Peter Chris and Neil Peart. Very nice Jazz. I was born in '63 the year this was recorded. I was feeling nostalgic. I have Take Five and Bravo Brubeck. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David J. Detelich
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sound and Performace
As I kept on listening again and again to this double CD I could hardly believe my ears that this was recorded in 1963. Read more
Published 8 months ago by FlyLudo
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz with a heaping dose of rhythm
I read reviews of this CD which said it started out good, and then after the 4th song or so, got really hot. I think they came out smoking from the first number! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Danny Mack
5.0 out of 5 stars No one's talking about "Pennies From Heaven"
While I agree with all the stellar reviews for this album, I have to add that the quartet's take on "Pennies From Heaven" from this set is my favorite jazz performance of all time. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Levi Gangi
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TO HEAR AGAIN and playing arragements new to me.
What an awesome group. Brubeck fans who never heard this album are in for a treat. You're familiar with the tunes, but the improvisations are all different than the studio... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. T. Moran
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