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Jazz at Oberlin [Live]

Ron Crotty, Paul Desmond, Dave BrubeckAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000Y2W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Media Type: CD
Artist: BRUBECK,DAVE
Title: JAZZ AT OBERLIN
Street Release Date: 01/01/1987
Domestic
Genre: JAZZ

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only guilt-free but absolutely essential. January 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I find it hard to believe that when I arrived on a college campus in the early sixties I was quickly indoctrinated by the "insiders" among the jazz players into disavowing any interest in the music of Brubeck or Desmond. Both were deemed not only too commercial but too West Coast, too white, too fay, too unaffected by the Bird revolution.
Not only is the foregoing among the most myopic viewpoints ever shared by musicians, but it is equally mistaken to assume Brubeck's music is not a force to be reckoned with until the "Time Out" recordings. Let the Oberlin record speak for itself: it represents improvisation of the highest order by two musicians at the very peak of their creative powers.
Take Paul's solo on "Just the Way You Look Tonight": He quotes from Prokofief, Stravinsky, and at least 3 American composers while building an emotional, pyrotechnical, beautifully structured solo spurred on by the audible vocal encouragements of Brubeck himself. Who could follow that? Brubeck does, not only matching but possibly topping it, with thunderous, wildly inventive yet boldly assertive, polyrhythmic melodic statements played in octaves in the left hand.
There's a widespread myth, proven wrong time and again, that the best music occurs when great soloists are accompanied by equally heralded drummers and bass players. To the contrary, the most spirited and swinging jazz always happens when players know their roles and listen to each other.
Before your jazz collection numbers more than 10 albums, make certain that this is one of them.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I WISH I WAS IN THE AUDIENCE WHEN THIS WAS MADE! February 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
One of my favorite albums that I own! This was made before the group really hit it big with "Take Five" or "Blue Rondo A La Turk". The chemistry between Brubeck and Desmond is unbeleievable! The highlights are "How High the Moon"-this is a song I never really cared much for,but listen to Desmond's solo! It's one of the best solo's I ever heard Desmond take! Brubeck's solo on "The Way You Look Tonight" is my favorite solo of his on the entire album. And on "Perdido" the group really swings! If you listen closely you'll hear just how great Ron Crotty(Bass) and Lloyd Davis(Drums) kept perfect time with Desmond and Brubeck. YOU HAVE TO HEAR IT ...TO BELIEVE IT!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless December 2, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This recording is 50 years old but loses none of its luster. The sheer joy of the performance and the appreciation of the audience makes this album pure pleasure. The last four tracks are among the best that Brubeck and Desmond ever did. The creativity and chemistry among the musicians has few rivals in the jazz genre. Amusing quotes and references to other songs, quasi-classical forms including Bach-like fugues between Brubeck and Desmond make for much fun in listening (I always hear something new) and it swings!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece September 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I was given a copy of this CD by a friend who knows of my love for jazz. It was my first time ever hearing Dave Brubecks Quartet. I put it on and was busy doing things while half listening until Perdido came on and everything stopped. I knew at that moment I was hearing an incredible talent. Like the first time I ever heard Kind of Blue, I was mesmerized. I immediatley had to hear more, I wanted everything this group ever made. This has become one of my all time favorite discs. The interplay between the rhythym section and the beautiful tone of Paul Desmond gives you chills. I personally believe that this is the best CD ever by DBQ,even more than Take Five. Listen and see if you don`t agree that this is one of the Classic jazz discs ever.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the stuff!! October 22, 2002
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This happened to be one of the first jazz albums I ever heard, and I thought that was why I liked it so much. But truly, I have rarely heard other material that comes close to the thrill and synchronicity of this performance. All the songs are solid.
Desmond's touch is alternately floating and soaring, while Brubeck has some of the most dissonant and staccato chords somehow mixed with beautiful phrasing, and the two weave together like flowing water. I've heard another live set by this quartet that was recorded only a few months from this date, and they just didn't have it, but man did they have it in this set!! I'm not a jazz expert, but the feel and mood created here is so beautiful, powerful, and emotive. I strongly recommend it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark recording July 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this on an LP during a late night poker session in a fellow student's room in London in 1958. It has haunted me ever since. The CD adds a dimesion to the music that the original recording failed to give...the crowd reactions and the work of the sidemen. Brubeck and Desmond have never surpassed the intensity and the fluidity of their solos, and their joint work is exquisite. A must buy for anyone who likes music... period!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest Jazz performance ever recorded April 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
With an incredible flurry of inspiring improvisation from Paul Desmond, the Brubeck Quartet have here produced my favourite ever Jazz album. In my mind it is unquestionably the most subtle, passionate, exciting, wild jazz ever played. You can feel the heat of the crowd - and its refreshing to here a group of people that know what they're getting the privilige of witnessing live (just listen to the points at which they cheer). The velocity and creativity of Desmond and the homophonic works of Brubeck are simply awe inspiring.
If you ever thought Jazz was slightly ok, buy this - you dont need to appreciate the talent to enjoy this album. If you dont like Jazz but are an appreciative musician, buy this - you dont need to enjoy this to marvel at the players.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This is early Brubeck, or should I say, from my perspective, early Desmond. Paul is young and aggressive, and fitful on some of these solos, moreso that is later, more gentle... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rich Hayhurst
4.0 out of 5 stars good album
I really liked this album. I'm not the biggest jazz fan around but this was perfect. The green cover perfectly fits the mood of the songs.
Published 5 months ago by Chris Harper
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid 'meh' rating
The playing on this album is pretty quality as you might expect but the recordings are a bit rough and muffled though if you really like old vinyl it's not much different than... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joshua Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk Rock of Jazz Sets
This set is amazing!

Like most people who aren't incredibly knowledgeable about jazz, I mostly think of Time Out when I think of Brubeck. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Caleb Bullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Building my Brubeck collection!
This is an excellent live recording of the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet. Great music! A must have for jazz fans!
Published 14 months ago by Spock
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Brubeck and Desmond's Best
An absolutely fabulous concert. There are dozens of Brubeck albums. After th3e classic Time Out, this is th3e most important to own.
Published 18 months ago by Golden Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz at Oberlin
Great CD, well-packaged and received within the time prescribed
Thank you - I also apologize for the delay in responding - sheer negligence on my part...
Published on August 27, 2011 by Brian Dominic D'Monte
5.0 out of 5 stars The Purest of Dynamite!
Paul Desmond must have had his Wheaties (with milk and fruit) the morning of this concert. Or maybe he had some of that Cuban coffee you get down in Miami that puts hair on your... Read more
Published on May 19, 2011 by Daniel M. Feldman
3.0 out of 5 stars IT S JUST OKAY
This is an early version of the Dave Brubeck Quartet when basically the latter version has Brubeck, Wright, Morello and Paul Desmond for this cd only Brubeck is present. Read more
Published on September 3, 2009 by Brian J. Strasser
5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced Degree
Everything on the album is Brubeck/ Desmond at their greatest and most adventurous before popularity rendered them more polite, or elegant, or something admirable enough but not as... Read more
Published on March 14, 2008 by James Walton
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