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  • Audio CD (8 Dec. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Essential Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B004GE80Z8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By donald wood on 31 Dec. 2013
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Good stuff but clearly not his best. I am becoming disenchanted with newly discovered "oldies". Have all the best been released already?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Norman E. Harrington on 19 July 2011
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I had no idea that this disc existed until it was reviewd as a reissue with more material on it. This is a great example of the real art of cool - when I say cool I do not mean lift music - I mean smoky Jazz clubs you know Coffeee & Cigarettes - try the below too

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JamesGilbert on 18 Feb. 2013
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I got this album in the 60s as an LP from my american penpal and enjoyed it very much then when the record player packed up and was replaced by a CD unit i forgot about the album untill serching through your jazz section i came across it once again and was like being reunited with an old friend.
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Back in the 1960's this was different but great... 8 April 2011
By Edward A. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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I had this album as a teenie bopper back in the 1960's and believe me it was different but great! I was apprehensive as to purchasing this CD as I would only be adding the Bernstein conducted orchestrations with the Brubeck Quartet selections (all of 4-tracks). I already had the second side of this album and the additional "Jazz Impressions of Japan" in my present CD library. Columbia issued the second side of the original album when CD's first came on-board for sale (the Berstein penned show tunes). I love how they would break up various albums to make a hodge podge CD of which, now we're finally getting the entire album as originally released! I especially like tracks 2 and 3 of this CD. If you're into the Dave Brubeck Quartet this is a must have!
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An All-Time Favorite 26 Mar. 2013
By Dr Bob - Published on Amazon.com
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I had this LP for years. I literally wore it out, to the point where it skipped and had almost no high end. I bought a replacement off eBay, but don't listen to LP's that much anymore. I'm delighted to find this as a CD. Can't wait to listen to it. Now that Dave's gone, I hope more of his early work gets converted to CD.
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Brubeck Plays Bernstein Plays Bruebeck 15 Jan. 2013
By Paul Tarantino - Published on Amazon.com
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Received the Original "LP" as a Birthday Gift in the Mid-1960's. This is one of several "LP's" I have been trying to find & finally, I was able to find on Amazon.com. I haven't had a chance to listen to this New CD yet; but, having owned the Original "LP", I already know what to expect.
Best of the best of modern jazz 7 Jun. 2014
By Robert G. Heinritz, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who loves music, especially modern jazz of the '50's & '60's, will love this. If you happen to also like the symphonic-sound, even better! The idea of Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as back-ups to the Dave Brubeck quartet is mind-blowing. The principal piece, "Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra," was written by Howard Brubeck, and played flawlessly by Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. Intermingled with orchestra's presentation of the four movements of "Dialogues" (Allegro, Andante-Ballad, Adagio-Ballad, & Allegro-Blues) were the jazz-quartet's special magic. Much as a conventional classical-score would provide spaces for a solo classical artist, "Dialogues" provided spaces for Brubeck's jazz accompaniments; sometimes blended with the full orchestra, sometimes alone. The original presentation was December 10-13, 1959. "Dialogues" was releases several times over the years, later re-titled as "The Dave Brubeck Quartet Plays Music from West Side Story." Still a stunning experience on CD. Listen to all 4 movements uninterrupted, just as you would hear a symphony by Rimsky-Korsakov, Dvorak, Beethoven, or Bach.
The "B-side" of the original L.P. contained 4 jazz pieces by the quartet, principally from "West Side Story" - Maria, I Feel Pretty, A Quiet Girl, and Tonight. The newer CD version includes some wonderfully welcomed Brubeck classics.
An unadvertised double album set 11 Aug. 2013
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
This bonus track version is the title album plus the complete album titled Jazz Impressions of Japan.

Instead of my babbling about the music let the sound samples on this page convey the essence of each track. The sound quality is superb and the musicianship is first rate. As I listen to the bonus album it boggles my mind to consider that Brubeck and Desmond (mainly) composed those songs from a tour of Japan - and that is only one of many 'Impressions Of" theme albums. Not only were they prolific composers, but they managed to absorb the culture of the places they toured and transform their experiences and impressions into music.

On the first four tracks, which were recorded at Carnegie Hall on January 30, 1960, the Quartet is backed by the New York Philharmonic with Leonard Bernstein conducting. The next five tracks were recorded in NYC on February 14, 1960 and feature just the Quartet.

Jazz Impressions of Japan tracks were recorded by the Quartet in NYC on June 16 and 17, 1964, except track 14, which was recorded much earlier on January 31, 1960 in NYC and is a trio (Paul Desmond apparently sat that one out.)

This is an incredible bargain - two albums for the price of one - and are albums that most of us put off buying until we have the core essentials of the Quartet. The sound samples alone make a compelling case for snapping this one up.
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