OK, I'm amazed I'm the first reviewer of "The Columbia Studio Albums Collection" by
the Dave Brubeck Quartet, released 6/12/12.
Dave Brubeck's music meant a lot to me since around 1970
when I was first listening to jazz. "Live at Carnegie Hall"
by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
is one of my favorite jazz albums by anyone....
(concert recordings are not included in this box set)....
What about this box set?
1. The sound is EXCELLENT. Beautifully remastered by Mark Wilder and
Maria Triana, sounds great! Vivid, realistic sound..... These were
excellent recordings to begin with and this release sounds great.
2. Contains all the studio albums recorded by the quartet from 1954 thru 1966,
for albums which were released from 1955 thru 1967, plus a handful of
bonus tracks. (The box set's title, "1955-1966", is slightly inaccurate).
3. Contains any Columbia album from that period released by "The Dave Brubeck Quartet"
including the albums and tracks with an added orchestra. Not my cup of tea,
the added orchestra, but it was a part of Dave Brubeck's music at times. I prefer
just the quartet, just the four, and by far most of this box set is just the four.
4. The booklet includes some joyful black and white session fotos.
5. Contains 19 LP-replica type CD's, so you can read the original
liner notes from the back covers in teeny tiny print. I love LP-replica
CD's, they are so cute!
6. This box set does NOT include any new critical essays, or new comments by Dave Brubeck,
or any blah-blah-blah essays by anybody, just basically just the music, in EXCELLENT sound.
The booklet includes recording dates for each album and photos, a minimal booklet.
I like that the focus of this release is just the music, presented in EXCELLENT sound,
but yes, it would have been very normal and comforting to read a new quote or interview
from Dave Brubeck. But not necessary.
7. Every single CD and jacket in my copy was in perfect condition,
unlike recent Columbia box sets of Horowitz, Miles Davis, and Glenn Gould,
which all had problems with glue and/or scratches !!!
Highly recommended if you want to hear excellent
Dave Brubeck Quartet recordings beautifully remastered !!!!!!!