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Live in Portland 1959 Import

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2010 live archive release containing a complete never before released concert by the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond, Gene Wright and Joe Morello. It was recorded at the zenith of the group's career, right before the making of the albums Gone With the Wind and Time Out (the latter LP was one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time). Includes 8-page booklet.


1. Two Part Contention
2. The Lonesome Road
3. Take the "a" Train
4. When the Saints Go Marchin' In
5. I'm In a Dancing Mood
6. Someday My Prince Will Come
7. Drum Feature

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 7, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B003XKAZRC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Forster on April 17, 2011
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Like many, I would go to the Brubeck concerts and buy the records for the brilliant, amazing Joe Morello, whom many considered to be the true star of the group (not in any way to disparage Desmond). There are many choruses of four bar exchanges between drums and piano on Take the A Train, which would usually happen in a concert situation, but never in the groups more formal studio recordings. I'm grateful that the producers of this release did not edit the many exchanges between Morello and Brubeck, as has happened in the past. Desmond is his usual lyrical, logical self and Dave is particularly inventive. I hope that more recordings of this group will be released.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James R. Perry on June 23, 2011
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Now we know why this recording was "never before released"...it has prominent technical issues.

It's important to note that not all tracks suffer from all of the maladies listed here, but none is without issues. Taken from "an old radio broadcast," the primary problems on most tracks are tape-edge damage ("scalloping") and intermodulation distortion. The scalloping affects mostly the right channel, where Brubeck's piano is placed in the mix. Some tape machine wow and flutter can also be heard at times, as well as tape hiss, but these pale to the main problems of tape damage and IM distortion.

On the plus side of the technical ledger, the frequency response is adequate, the mic placement is fine (drums nicely mic'd), and the wide mix is standard for that funky early stereo era. The drums and bass, mixed mostly to the center, seem to be less affected by the technical problems.

But most of these technical issues can be overlooked by DBQ enthusiasts, because these performances provide a fascinating glimpse of the quartet at the top of their form: loose, lyrical, and swinging. Joe Morello fans will especially appreciate the eleven-minute "Drum Feature". Despite the technical problems, this recording is a must for serious Brubeckians.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carl W. Sundstrom on November 2, 2011
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I ordered this Dave Brubeck Quartet CD from Amazon mainly because four of the listed tunes are included in my all-time DBQ favorites. When the CD started I initially thought something was wrong with my audio system but this turned out not to be the case. Desmond's usually mellow alto sounded screechy; Brubeck's piano sounded wavering and tinny; and there was a very distracting hissing sound in the background. I should have taken to heart comments by a previous reviewer, James Perry, when he stated that "now we know why this recording was 'never before released'...it has prominent technical issues." If I had done so I would not have wasted my money.

I will not be as accepting of these "technical issues" as was Mr. Perry. Those "issues" make this CD nearly impossible to listen to without cringing. What a disappointment and shame because if this concert had been properly recorded it would have been one of the DBQ's very best. I do not have the technical knowledge to describe what caused all the terrible sounds, like Mr. Perry does, however, to put it in perspective for us non-techies, this CD sounds like it had been recorded on a $25.00 tape recorder placed in front of a $10.00 radio which was broadcasting this Portland concert. I would have given this CD only one star, but decided to give it two because of the great selections the DBQ played at this concert. Also, the "Drum Feature" by Joe Morello ranks right up there with Louis Bellson's masterpiece, "Skin Deep" from Ellington Uptown. And, as Mr. Perry says, "the drums and bass seem to be less affected by the technical problems."

What a terrible shame that this CD is so technically deficient. The interplay between Brubeck and Morello is spectacular; the 13 minute "Two Part Contention" is unbelievable but for the technical problems. Again, this CD "could have been a contender" for one of the very best of the Dave Brubeck Quartet CD's. But, unfortunately it is not. Don't waste your money.
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