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An intimate evening in a high class piano bar
on August 26, 2007
It's been nearly fifty years since "Take Five" vaulted Dave Brubeck out of the ranks of popular jazzmen and into the top tier of multi-genre music icons. He got there in 1960 without compromising his musical standards, and he has continued his career the same way. Indian Summer is a solo piano outing that ranks with the 86-year-old's most satisfying work. The first thing that comes to the mind of a longtime Brubeck fan is that his playing here is more subtle than generally remembered. The obvious reference is Bill Evans, not Time Out/Time In Brubeck Quartet. There are hints of the softer side of Scott Joplin, reminders of Keith Jarrett's solo explorations, and glimpses of Eubie Blake and Fats Waller, but mostly it's just Dave at his most reflective, meditating on a mix of standards, originals and songs he loved long ago. Very nice.
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Originally published in Port Folio Weekly, 8/21/07