Saturday, December 30, 2017

Dave Brubeck Quartet: Take Five (1964)

Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet in London, England, on November 28, 1964, for the BBC program “Jazz 625.” The Quartet consists of Dave Brubeck (piano); Paul Desmond (saxophone); Eugene Wright (bass); and Joe Morello (drums).

This piece, a jazz standard, was composed by Paul Desmond and originally recorded at Columbia Records’ 30th Street Studio in New York City on July 1, 1959, by the Dave Brubeck Quartet for its 1959 album Time Out. It was first released as a single on September 21, 1959; while the album, Time Out, was released on December 14, 1959. Fast Forward 50 years later and let’s return to the Montreal Jazz Festival performance of this standard piece on July 4, 2009, viewed [here]. By then, Dave Brubeck was the only original member of the Quartet; there is some mighty fine drumming by Randy Jones, who joined the Quartet in 1980 and remained until Brubeck’s death in 2012. I find that jazz like this is great to listen to in the evening, helping you to unwind after a long day, your favorite drink beside you. Mine is currently Pellegrino mineral water.

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