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Time Changes

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
  • Run Time: 37 minutes
  • ASIN: B00021TMYW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There IS a single reason to own this CD, and it is "Elementals". While the shorter works that precede it are enjoyable enough, some sound almost too "middle of the road" after all these years (although the airy, lilting, sometimes raspy performance of Paul Desmond never fails to entrance me).

"Elementals" boosts this CD to Five Stars due to its groundbreaking fusion of jazz and symphonic composition. Since first hearing this piece more than a quarter-century ago, I've stuck with my impression that Brubeck has fashioned a wonderfully mesmerizing history of humankind through music. The opening, almost primordial in nature, segues into a Biblical-sounding passage artfully played by 'King David', then slides into a musical evocation of the Middle Ages, whereupon both the tempo and counterpoint between the Quartet and the Eastman orchestra hasten. Moving into the just-completed century, there are strains of swing, beebop and what I'll call missile-age musical pyrotechnics. It all comes to one crashing denouement, leaving you to wonder, 'What's next for Man'?

If you gave me the choice of listening to "Take Five", "Blue Rondo" or "Elementals" just one more time, I'd hesitate ... then choose "Elementals". It's that powerful and intriguing.
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I still own the original vinyl version of this album and must have played it 200 times over the last 4 decades. While there are lots of pops and scratches, the thing still sounds damn good. The CD version is first rate and has all the dynamics and nuances that make this my favorite Brubeck album. I own it for one reason, "Elementals." If memory service me, the Eastman Conservatory asked Brubeck to write and perform a piece with their orchestra in celebration. What ensues is a truely inspired performance by both the orhestra and quartet.
As a bonus, the CD contains a shorter version of the piece with just the quartet that precedes the fully orchestrated recording. You don't have to be a composition major to appreciate the structure that Brubeck created in this exercise in theme development and variation. I still hear things for the first time after all these years.
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Yeah, yeah, Elementals is superb... both versions are included on this reissue. But Iberia and Unisphere are utterly fantastic songs, and World's Fair is an amazing experiment with 13 beats per measure -- it WORKS! The percussion on Cable Car is progressive and entertaining, too. It's so rare I find an album (cd) which I have to listen to three times before I can take it out of the player. Best to buy this in the boxed set "For All Time"; it is a solid bargain.
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My father worked security at a Rochester NY area college and wound up picking up this album and "Brandenburg Gate" at the bookstore. He'd heard the name, but as a country and MOR fan, he discovered he hated it and both albums found their way into my collection. I was intrigued with "Elementals" since I had a taste for soundtrack music even back then. "Elementals" sounded like some of Lalo Schfrin's work when he reigned as King Of TV Soundtracks between the reigns of Henry Mancini and Mike Post later on. Along with the opener "Iberia", it established jazz as a "guilty pleasure"--I would openly display my Beatles and Yardbirds albums when friends stopped over, and enjoy Brubeck and Miles once they'd left and I was free to indulge in "uncool" behavior.
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Another great album matching the Brubeck Quartet with a symphony orchestra. As usual, Brubeck's compositions featured in the CD demonostrate his creative genious. The sound quality is very good, but it has some distortion in the high frequencies as is typical for CD's of this vintage. Too bad it hasn't been redone with more modern technology.
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I recently "discovered" this album, having never heard of it before. It is a great follow-on to the Time Out and other albums experimenting with different time signatures. I'm going to be looking for more of these "undiscovered" Brubeck masterpieces.
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This album is one of the time series ones that was kicked off by 1959's iconic Time Out. All of them feature odd time signatures and the centerpiece of this one is World's Fair, which is in 13/4 (thirteen quarter notes per measure).

If you are a musician (and especially a member of a rhythm section) this album is an excellent study in time signatures as well as composition.

Give the sound samples on this page a run through to get a sense of the album (I am reviewing the digital format that I purchased elsewhere: Time Changes). The last track is totally different in that it has a full orchestra backing the quartet, but, too, is a study in time.

This album was recorded in NYC for Columbia over the course of five sessions from October to January 1964. All of the tracks were composed by Dave Brubeck except Shim Wha, which is drummer Joe Morello's composition. While I cannot prove it, I am betting that Paul Desmond had a hand in composing some of the tracks.

Here are the session dates and personnel: the first five tracks were recorded by the Quartet (Brubeck on piano, Desmond on alto sax, Gene Wright on bass and Morello on drums). Cable Car was recorded on October 15, 1963, World's Fair on November 20, 1963, and the remaining tracks (except Theme from Elementals and Elementals) on December 3, 1963. The two 'Elementals' tracks were recorded on December 12, 1963 and January 8, 1964, and feature a large backing orchestra conducted by Rayburn Wright.
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