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  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Gambit
  • ASIN: B001LOYS8E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MagikAge on 24 Oct. 2009
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This album was a MUST for me - it was released in 1957 but disappeared from view until now! I became aware of one track - Plain Song - around 1962 and had been vainly keeping an eye out for it ever since. Cruising the internet over the past 10years I learned that Plain Song originated from this album but the collection remained out of circulation - until now. All tracks bar one are Brubeck or Brubeck/Desmond original compositions and are, for the most part, commendable. The only downside here is the price-hike, I bought it for less than £10!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dickie on 2 Jan. 2010
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This may not be the best Brubeck Quartet album, but it is still very enjoyable - some tracks are really good, others I think are a bit disappointing. Joe Morello shows his skill - much more to come?! This album is a bit over-priced at the moment, so perhaps wait a while, then buy it.
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This music was my introduction to Brubeck late in the 1950s (I had four tunes on an E.P. And remember being impressed by the drum solo on "Sounds Of The Loop" and also on "History of a Boy scout"). I purchased this album a couple of years back to refresh my fond memories. I wasn't disappointed, although this is not one of his "top" albums it is worthy of any Brubeck fan's collection. This shows the direction that both "the quartet" and his composing was going. I think that this was his first themed album, a sort of suite, and also this was probably the first recording to features Joe Morello, who had newly joined the quartet. Not quite the "classic" quartet because Eugene Wright was absent.
The "jazz impressions" comprise eight movements, each illustrating some aspect of the USA. The music is endearing, with some clever melodies, and of course particularly well interpreted by Brubeck and Desmond. The inclusion of Joe Morello , one of the greatest drummers in jazz history is noticeable. [I understand Paul Desmond didn't like to be "upstaged" and this caused conflict, despite the pair remaing colleagues within the Brubeck quartet for many years]. The bass player is Norman Bates who had played with Brubeck for many years. An interesting and enjoyable suite.
This CD release has two extra (lengthy) "bonus" tracks; the first "Two Sleepy People" (also from 1957 with the same personnel) is very fine indeed; the second from 1956 (with Joe Dodge on drums) is also very good. Both tracks feature typical Brubeck piano style of block chords.
Recommended purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Rimmer on 9 Dec. 2010
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This has always been one of my favourite Brubeck albums,so if you like Brubeck you should like this.History of a boy scout is a standout track and to my ears is worth the expenditure alone.
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