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24 Classic Original Recordings Original recording remastered

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This American jazz pianist's style ranges from delicate to bombastic employing a contrast of rhythms, meters and tonalities. Here's his earliest work with the San Francisco-based trio between 1949-1951 exposing his raw talents on 24 classic pop standards. Includes You Stepped Out of a Dream; Lullaby in Rhythm; Singing in the Rain; Body and Soul; Let's Fall in Love; Blue Moon; That Old Black Magic; 'S Wonderful; How High the Moon; Heart and Soul , and more.

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The sum total of three 10-inch trio records recorded between 1949 and 1951, this provocative collection finds a restless pianist who is simply fascinated by contrasts in tone, color, and emotion. In many ways, Dave Brubeck is a scientist here, experimenting with polytones, unorthodox harmonies, twisted rhythms, and odd melodic variations that perhaps only made sense to him. Why pound jarringly through a tender ballad like "Laura"? Because it accentuates the utter beauty of its melody. Why begin the buoyant "Indiana" as a fragile poem? Because it accentuates the jaunty playfulness of its melody. Brubeck swings like mad one minute and is stiff as a board the next, not only toying with the listener, but with the time-tested standards that he molds into highly original performances. A young Cal Tjader proves a worthy collaborator, bouncing between drums, bongos, and vibes and not only keeping up, but propelling the music ever forward. --Marc Greilsamer
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B000000XFG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on August 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This release is the best way to aquire the nearly impossible to find 10-inch records released in the late forties/early fifties. If you are a fan of Brubecks more cookin' works (as opposed to his more ballad oriented stuff), this is the place to start. Cal Tjader's drums and liberal use of bongos and vibes work well against Brubeck's piano. Much different from his later 50s and 60s stuff, and with lower fidelity due to the age of the recordings. Great stuff!!
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By A Customer on February 27, 2002
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This is the only example that I know of from the pre-Oberlin College days. My tape of the old LP [I think it was a 10"] was ruined about 20 years ago. If you treasure your Brubeck collection and already have his solo piano album, this should be next!
The sound quality shows the effect of transcribing from vinyl, but the music is golden.
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I found while listening to this to these recordings (that were done by Fantasy Records) you
have a golden opportunity to hear a genius evolve. It's true, these recordings from 1949-1951 were not memorizing but rather music you hear at a quiet little bistro while sipping your espresso
with your friends chatting about current events with polite little applause at the end of the selection.
These recordings came at a time when Bebop was igniting the jazz world with strange and wonderful
sounds from Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Theomodius Monk (Excuse the spelling)to name a few.
However, the music of Dave Brubeck was starting a new fire-the music of cool jazz. With mellow sounds instead of sounds that grab your attention with its angry outbursts; Brubeck (along with others that came as well) caress the listener with sounds that was not mad at the world but rather relax the listener and quietly fill in the background while sipping your coffee. The music of Bebop ignited the world with arson intent,demanding you to listen; but Brubeck has his own campfire that drew the listener cozy you up to the embers.
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In particular, the Brubeck instrumental trio arrangements of:

Lullaby in Rhythm [Benny Goodman/Walter Hirsch/Edgar Sampson/Clarence Profit]

Laura [David Raksin]
(where I note Dave copies his own solo from the earlier Dave Brubeck Octet recording - In general, it's unusual for Dave to copy solos from his earlier recordings...)

Undecided [Charlie Shavers/Sydney Robin]

September Song [Music: Kurt Weill/Lyrics: Maxwell Anderson]

Sweet Georgia Brown [Music: Ben Bernie/Maceo Pinkard/Lyrics: Kenneth Casey]

'S Wonderful [Music: George Gershwin/Lyrics: Ira Gershwin]

I Didn't Know What Time It Was [Music: Richard Rodgers/Lyrics: Lorenz Hart]

Squeeze Me [Music: Duke Ellington/Lyrics: Lee Gaines]
(which Fantasy records incorrectly listed as being "Squeeze Me" (Thomas "Fats" Waller/Clarence Williams), but the piece is actually "Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)" by Duke Ellington, but this still isn't corrected in the liner notes and credits of the Compact Disc re-issues)

Too Marvelous for Words [Music: Richard Rodgers/Lyrics: Lorenz Hart]

are quite enjoyable little gems.
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It's Brubeck therefore it is 5 stars. Ok, no Paul Desmond but this is history. This is the original trio and it is an essential thing to own if you collect Brubeck. I have some of this material on old fantasy label 10 inch vinyl but this is a nice grouping of the historic trio. If you are not a fan you might not agree with the rating but if you are then you would want this.
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