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1975: The Duets Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (28 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B002GNOMK8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Alice In WonderlandDave Brubeck And Paul Desmond 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. These Foolish ThingsDave Brubeck and P. Desmond 5:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Blue DoveDave Brubeck and P. Desmond 4:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. StardustDave Brubeck and P. Desmond 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Koto SongDave Brubeck and P. Desmond 5:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Balcony RockDave Brubeck and P. Desmond 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Summer SongDave Brubeck and P. Desmond 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. You Go To My HeadDave Brubeck and P. Desmond 7:32Album Only

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1. Alice In Wonderland
2. These Foolish Things
3. Blue Dove
4. Stardust
5. Koto Song
6. Balcony Rock
7. Summer Song
8. You Go To My Head

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard A. Millward on 2 April 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Purchase this mainly for alternate KOTO song version; not liking it, which is a shame cos up until now all the Dave Brubeck stuff I have is fantastic. There are much better CD's out there, try "Concord on a Summer Night" (my absolute favourite DB recording) or Park Avenue South rather than "Duddets"! Rated it 3 stars just cos it's DB!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Predictable excellence 31 Mar. 2011
By Caponsacchi - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Well, maybe not all that predictable. I long ago acquired Brubeck's solo album and learned all the transcriptions (Pawnee Press). Substantial stuff, cerebrally and emotionally satisfying to play and never wearing out its welcome. Still, it's not a well-kept secret that Dave has a strong attraction to emphatic rhythmic contexts as well as a percussive approach to match it (notice how rarely the word "touch" is used in describing his playing, which favored polymath metricians like Joe Morello or former hard-hitting big-band movers like Butch Miles and Randy Jones). This being, to the best of my knowledge, the only album comprising just Brubeck and his virtually indispensable complement, Paul Desmond, I was curious whether the percussive Brubeck would tend to dominate the proceedings. The temptation to overcompensate for the missing rhythm section might seem irresistible to a power player like Brubeck.

No need to fear such imbalances. In fact, Dave rarely goes so far as to supply walking bass lines, in the manner, say, of the late Dave McKenna. He seems more intent on placing himself at Paul's disposal than letting the piano or even the swing thing walk away with the session. The final result--recorded approximately a scant year before Paul's passing--places Paul front and center, his full and lustrous tone (it's about time to drop the overworked "dry martini" comparison which, thanks in part to Paul, writers have latched on to in a desperate attempt to represent the uniqueness of his sound, his fluid phrasing, his redefinition of the altissimo regions of the horn) is spot-lighted throughout, thanks to Brubeck's empathetic (not just "emphatic"), sensitive support. Moreover, to my ears the combination of piano and alto creates more interest while wearing better--and longer--than the undeniable chemistry of Paul and Jim Hall's minimalist guitar. The textures are more varied, the harmonizations and voicings more frequently placed in a zone between jazz and classical worlds, overtones and harmonics become a more important component of the music, with a greater expressive range being the final result. "Koto Song" is an enchanting mood piece, at times pointillist, at times impressionistic, its placement after "Stardust" suggestive of luminescent particles still lingering from the familiar Hoagy Carmichael standard that had once served as a departure point for some of the quartet's most daring (Where's the melody?) yet memorable performances from the early 1950s.

As was always his practice, Paul picks his brief moment for an allusion to another staple from the old days--"Balcony Rock"--a blues that requires no more than a couple of bars to be at once recognizable and satisfying. "Summer Song" may be the most adventurous piano playing on the session, as Dave concludes his own composition with an extended final chorus that is equal parts melody, improvisation, and showpiece cadenza. The last track, the old standard "You Go to My Head," is performed before a live audience and, as was so often the case, is the better for it. Neither player states the melody, yet there's never a doubt about what it is. Brubeck's piano recalls some of the more rapturous moments of the '50s college concerts before Paul returns for a calm, peaceful closure, the melody still unstated but without regrets on anybody's part. We've just been afforded an entirely new possibility latent within the familiar melody of one of the more enduring pop and jazz standards. Despite any formal announcements regarding the occasion or even the name of the tune, it's a most fitting valedictory to a musical pair that arguably was to mid-century jazz improvisation what Rodgers and Hammerstein were to musical theater (or Sinatra and Riddle to the American Songbook).
But love the CD's for the car or the mobile location 22 July 2014
By Darrin Scott Kibbey - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There should be a -6- Stars choice for albums of this caliber! Purchased *NEW* arrived promptly and undamaged. Outer Case is cardboard, so no cracks. CD *NEW*, couldn't open fast enough. I also have the vinyl version for the 'tru sound' . . . But love the CD's for the car or the mobile location!
Five Stars 27 Nov. 2014
By Truth Squad Member - Published on
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1975: The Duets: Originals C.D. 11 Jan. 2013
By Gladys L. Perry - Published on
Format: Audio CD
One of the best of Desmond and Brubeck!!!! 1975: The Duets: Originals C.D.
Great listening. We both loved it a lot.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Brubeck will live on forever!! 8 Jan. 2013
By Martin Fox - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Duets is a great album by two of the Jazz greats of my time. I was so glad to receive it in time for Christmas.
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