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At Storyville 1954 [CD]

Dave Brubeck Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fresh Sound
  • ASIN: B000GDH8KG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not great 29 Jun 2008
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I bought this CD on the strength of the customer 5 star review. Although not exactly disappointed - I have learned not to build too much expectation on the basis of a single review - I thought the performance was slightly low key. For me "On The Alamo" was excellent and the trademark Brubeck chording was driving with imaginatively subtle varietions in rhythm and pitch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well ... I think it is great! 2 Jan 2010
By Dickie
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I first bought the record of this album over 50 years ago! If you like the Brubeck Quartet from the 50s, don't miss this - both Brubeck and Desmond have superb tracks - Brubeck's 'On The Alamo' is masterful and Desmond's 'Here Lies Love' shows him at his most wistful. Lots of great Brubeck Quartet music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Storyville fifty years ago. 2 Feb 2008
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like good book to which a return is a pleasure this record,though fiftyfour years old, shows Dave Brubeck and his group at a definite high point,the live atmosphere adds something special to the recording, pushing the group to invdividual and collective excellence, buy this for
many happy returns even if its not your birthday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Brubeck 21 Sep 2008
By W. johnson - Published on
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I searched for this album for a long time; if you like classic Brubeck, you will love this album; it contains my all time favorite Brubeck version of "On the Alamo."...wj
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is the one (don't waste 2 bucks on the other '54 Storyville album) 7 Feb 2013
By Samuel Chell - Published on
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On the warmest, most interactive and satisfying program that I've heard on NPR's "Piano Jazz" with host Marian McPartland, Marian and Dave converse and play (15 years after the death of Paul Desmond) for an hour that flies by all too quickly. (They would meet again around the start of the new millennium, this time in the presence of a live audience. The 2nd visit is predictably stiffer, less filled with surprises than the earlier meeting.) It's during this first appearance, perhaps not long after Paul's passing, that Dave expresses his affection for the '54 Storyville recording. Conceding that the audio is vastly inferior to present-day standards and explaining that the recording was made by an amateur on a "home-made tape recorder," Dave proceeds to explain how such considerations pale in comparison to the music that was captured on tape. He singles out the always creative, never predictable soloing of Paul, but also commends his own playing on "Over the Rainbow" as some of the most exceptional improvisation in the careers of either musician. Remarkably, Marian was there--and she agrees! (It should be remembered that it was Marian who originally "loaned" Dave her own drummer, Joe Morello--leading to one of the two most successful jazz albums of all time: "Time Out" (Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" remains its only rival). Despite the guaranteed income for life of one tune recorded on that 1959 studio album--Paul's "Take 5"--Dave and Marian are both insistent that "live recordings" are the only way to go when it comes to capturing winning, ceaselessly creative and surprising jazz.

I too would have to agree. No Brubeck studio album, including "Time Out," can begin to equal the inspired invention, agreeable warmth, provocative heat and ceaseless excitement of the earlier recordings on Columbia ("Jazz Goes to College") and, before that, on Fantasy ("Jazz at Oberlin"). The latter album features some of the most amazing improvising in the history of Brubeck's long career (encompassing more than half of jazz' recorded history!). "At Storyville 1954" is a quieter album, repaying careful, repeated listening. And although the fidelity is limited, it's not nearly as wretched, or virtually unlistenable, as the other Brubeck-Desmond "Live at Storyville 1954" album (with a greenish-blue cover), which Amazon has been peddling as an MP3 download for less than two bucks. Save your money--you can still buy a hamburger and coke for that. Whereas the "other" album consists of two medleys, this one has an entire program, including the version of "Over the Rainbow" that lodged in Dave's memory as a personal career highlight. No guarantees it will do the same for the listener. There are numerous live recordings that required your attendance at the original event to yield their alleged fruits (and there are a few such recordings that, by being selective about the material deemed good enough for a 40-minute LP, ended up sounding a lot better than when I was in the audience, suffering through a tedious performance by a tenor player who didn't know when to quit).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title but superb music 12 Sep 2013
By Mike Tarrani - Published on
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Just so you know what you are getting not every track was recorded in 52 or even at the Storyville. Two of the tracks were recorded about three thousand miles from Boston's Storyville Club, and three other tracks were recorded in 1952. Regardless, this is prime Brubeck Quartet that has a raw energy as the sound samples on this page will attest. In fact, let those samples be your guide.

As a fan I love the early incarnations of the Quartet before the 'classic' one formed with the addition of Gene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums. Their predecessors grace this album and the whole character of the music is different from the later work. Again, let the sound samples convey that. What I love is the simpler drumming, especially on the tracks with Joe Dodge. From a technical perspective he did not hold a candle to Joe Morello, but he was the perfect backing for Paul Desmond's alto. The other drummer, Lloyd Davis, who is on the last three tracks does a solid job of supporting Desmond as well. Bassist Ron Crotty is on half of the tracks while Bob Bates is on bass for the other half - both lay down a nice pulse that stays out of the way of the melody lines. Contrast them with Gene Wright on later albums that feature the classic quartet line up.

Here are the dates and personnel for the tracks. Note that the last three tracks are the 1952 ones that somehow got included on this album. The Los Angeles tracks listed below released on the original album and are something of a mystery:

Track 1 is from the January 18, 1954 performance at the Storyville and track 2 is from the January 24, 1954 performance. They feature Dave on piano accompanying Paul Desmond on alto sax who are backed by Ron Crotty on bass and Joe Dodge on drums.

Tracks 3 through 5 are from the March 30, 1954 performance at Storyville. Bob Bates replaces Ron Crotty on bass.

Tracks 6 and 7 feature the same line-up, but were recorded on los Angeles on July 22, 1954.

The final three tracks are from 1952 (October 22, 1952 to be exact) and feature Dave and Paul backed by Ron Crotty on bass and Llyod Davis on drums.)

This album may not be all from Boston or all from 1954, but in my opinion each track is a gem and typifies why Brubeck and his quartet were in constant demand. For those of us who are members of rhythm sections the bass and drums on each track are well worth a close study. They are exceptional because they are unexceptional. In other words, there are lessons there in how to support the music without tangling it up. Or just enjoy the music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Classic Live Album Just Got Bigger In Complete Form! 13 Mar 2013
By RH - Published on
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Just after getting started on an enduring and compassionate high note with his
record contract with Fantasy Records that resulted with a few uplifting classic jazz
albums such as Old Sounds Of San Francisco (1949) and Jazz At Oberlin (1953),
Dave Brubeck brought his world class virtuosity to another height when he signed
with Columbia Records. As one of two first rate albums he released for Columbia
Records in 1954, Dave Brubeck At Storyville again showcased the master pianist
and composer in a timeless recorded club date when his dynamic quartet dazzled
the audiences at Boston’s Storyville jazz club as the album became a captivating
success. Digitally-remastered to complete restoration from start to finish, this live
enthralling track set starts off with a showstopping introduction on On The Alamo,
as it concludes with a set of uplifting renditions of pop or jazz standards like Gone
With The Wind, When You’re Smiling, You Go To My Head and compositions like
Back Bay Blues, Crazy Chris and Here Comes Love. Highlighted with a textured
club background, Paul Desmond gives the Quartet top billing as he showcase his
alto saxophone solos with high-pitched excellence as Brubeck’s piano solo share
the spotlight as Dave Brubeck At Storyville delivers plenty of great performances
done in it’s essential class. Once forgotten, Dave Brubeck At Storyville can now
be enjoyed for the ages in it’s complete format, thanks to both Fresh Sounds and
Columbia Records’ time-honoured participation, as this live classic will live on as
one of Brubeck’s best and most beloved albums.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Intimate, Introspective Side 5 Sep 2013
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on
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Once again, interviews with Dave Brubeck as quoted in the notes to this album always bring new insights to performances, situations, and selections of music. The Brubeck Quartet was at this time, with his Beta quartets (before Eugene Wright, bass, and Joe Morello, drums), playing college auditoriums and gymnasiums, where more extroverted and exciting renditions were emphasized. Brubeck explained that in clubs, such as here in Boston's Storyville, the quieter, more introspective styles were delivered to an older audience. Thus, Jazz at Oberlin stands at opposite pole to this 1954 series of intimate reflections, both extraordinary statements. Yes, the audio quality is crude but the digital mastering has brought out the best of the in situ recordings (tracks 1 & 2) and off the radio broadcast (the remaining tracks). We hear everything clearly, including the audience reactions. There are later Brubeck recordings of Gone With The Wind, but I prefer this one, with its surprising Bach-like improvisation. Blues was still new to the quartet at this time, and Back Bay Blues is more in keeping with the namesake New Orleans' Storyville sound. When You're Smiling is the last of the 1954 tracks, and there is certainly a smile on many a face. Three bonus tracks follow from the 1952 session at Storyville. In the first example (track 8), the young quartet jam in associative improvisations, a very free time. The next selection features Desmond's bluesy commentary on You Go To My Head. The album concludes with Over the Rainbow, Brubeck at the helm. The overheard "Yeah" indeed!
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