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50 Years Of Dave Brubeck Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival 1958-2007

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Two-Part Contention
Someday My Prince Will Come
Take Five
Sermon on the Mount
Jumping Bean
Goodbye Old Friend
I Got Rhythm
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 70:19

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Pretty Dead For A Live Recording


I guess I was hoping for more spark. I get more energy from Brubeck's studio recordings (which I love). Sound quality is not the best, either.

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some good, some bad


nothing exciting...

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Where are the good live recordings?


This ain't one of them. Balance is generally bad and varies from track to track, which may be expected for such a broad retrospective. Only a few are listenable and "Take Five" is the worst - distorted and bombastic with receding saxiphone and in your face drums, very un-Morello sounding. The usual 'take five' solo is taken not by the drummer, but by an out-of-tune piano.

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The Dave We Love


As genuine as any of his live recordings, always my favorite way to listen to jazz. Very well recorded.

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The Unknown Dave Brubeck

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

Naturally enough, obituary writers focused on the milestones in Dave Brubeck's career: his early, proto-cool octet, umptyzillion '50s college dates with his long-running quartet, the Disney waltz "Some Day My Prince Will Come," Take Five with its oddball rhythm patterns, musical revue The Real Ambassadors with Louis Armstrong and his occasional classical compositions. Sketching a career so extensively documented — his recordings span nearly 70 years — necessitates short-shrifting many worthy recordings. Here are a… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Dave Brubeck appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival on so many occasions since its launching in 1958 that it seems like compiling highlights to make up just one CD should have been an impossible task. But Brubeck’s longtime manager Russell Gloyd was involved with co-producing this compilation and the result should please the pianist’s fans. Brubeck hardly fits the stylistic molds of some of his critics in this collection, that he is too bombastic or dismissing him merely as a cool player. The pianist not only evolves as a player and composer, but shows an incredible knowledge of music from earlier eras. His classic quartet with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond is well-represented with a lengthy excursion into Brubeck’s “Two Part Contention” (with its intriguing use of counterpoint), the always swinging treatment of “Someday My Prince Will Come,” and the crowd-pleasing favorite “Take Five” (though it suffers from over-modulation). Two tracks are from his years with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, bassist Jack Six, and drummer Alan Dawson, including Brubeck’s lonely, exotic “The Sermon on the Mount” and Mulligan’s spry Latin-flavored “Jumping Bean.” Brubeck’s challenging “Tritonis” features Bobby Militello on flute in an extended solo recalling Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s simultaneously singing and playing, in addition to regular quartet members Bill Smith (clarinet), electric bassist Chris Brubeck, and drummer Randy Jones. Bassist Stan Poplin is the pianist’s sole accompanist for Brubeck’s poignant memorial tribute written following Mulligan’s death, appropriately titled “Goodbye Old Friend.” A delightful romp through “I Got Rhythm” showcasing Miltello on alto sax and guest Christian McBride. Brubeck dug deep to recall old chestnuts like the blazing “Sleep” and the loping, easygoing “Margie” (the latter featuring Michael Moore’s amusing arco bass). While Brubeck fans may regret the omission of two suites that the pianist premiered at the Monterey Jazz Festival, “^The Real Ambassadors” (with Louis Armstrong) and “Cannery Row Suite” (with Kurt Elling and Roberta Gambarini), hopefully these performances will appear in later volumes of this superb series recorded at the legendary festival. – Ken Dryden

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