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Live With the Lso

Dave Brubeck Audio CD
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Dave Brubeck was one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds. With a career that spanned over six decades, his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain hallmarks of innovation.

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  • Audio CD (8 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: LSO Mode
  • ASIN: B00005Q33V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Summer Music
2. In Your Own Sweet Way
3. A Salute To The Count (The Basie Band Is Back In Town)
4. Chorale
5. Blue Rondo A La Turk
6. Four Score In Seven
7. Brandenburg Gate, Revisited
8. Take Five
9. Unsquare Dance

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'Dave Brubeck is unique among jazz's elder statesmen. While most have remained locked in eternal competition with their past, struggling to approximate heroic statements made in their prime, Brubeck has waited for audiences to catch up with him.'
-- Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2001

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treat! 3 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
I went to the Brubeck's 85'th birthday concert with the LSO, and it was *so* good that I promptly bought this recording of the 80th birthday concert. I am very glad I did! To my mind only Chorale doesn't quite work - the rest is a joy to the ears, and I listen again and again (and then again, for good measure). Militello's sax sound is harsher than Desmond's was, but he is a great musician - just check out his solo on Take Five if you still need a proof, and his flute on Brandenburg gate is simply excellent. As for the rest, it's Dave himself, of course, plus Darius, Chris, Matthew and Dan Brubeck, plus Alec Dankworth, plus the mighty LSO conducted by Russell Gloyd -- all enjoying themselves. Do I need to say more? Some of Dan's drumming in particular is quite breath-taking, but that's not to run down anybody else's contribution.

Needless to say, almost all the pieces are by Dave himself, but there is one exception. Four Score in Seven was Darius' composition written for the occasion (as the title suggests), and it is a fitting tribute indeed - slightly edgier than dad's music, but most enjoyable none-the-less.

Above all the CD really captures the audience loving it, particularly when after Take Five they get treated to Unsquare Dance!

I return to this CD whenever I feel slightly down for whatever reason, and it never fails to lift me up. If you like Brubeck's music, and if you have any liking for a lush big band jazz sound, get this CD. You won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excited 7 Feb 2013
By Monkey
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This is a fantastic CD full of melody, invention, and swinging jazz. A wonderful example of Brubeck and the LSO.
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This is a superb CD which I have played countless times during the past ten years. But don't be deceived - on the whole this isn't a 'live' recording, despite the applause (both after the items and during them).

When this concert from London was broadcast on the UK's BBC Radio 3 in December 2000 we heard exactly what had taken place at the event itself. At this stage I cannot remember whether it was this concert or the similar Brubeck/LSO collaboration in London in December 1995 which was not transmitted 'live' but was instead broadcast a few days after the event - I recall that on one of those two occasions, the conductor, Russell Gloyd, made a reference to the concert being recorded for future transmission when he spoke to the audience whilst introducing items. Whatever the case, I taped the 2000 concert on audio cassette and enjoyed it so much that I played the tape repeatedly, long before the CD was released. As a result, I grew to know those broadcast performances in detail, and when the CD was released a year later, I was astonished at how much of it was evidently re-recorded after the concert. As soon as the jazzmen enter in the first number after the orchestral introduction, their improvisations are completely different from those we heard in the broadcast and it's much the same story throughout the disc, which appears to be edited together from fragments of the concert, from a post-concert recording session, and perhaps from the rehearsals preceding the concert. My estimate is that only about 20% of what we hear is actually taken from the concert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars magical brubeck 5 May 2011
By toper
Format:Audio CD
As always Mr Brubeck's performance is the consummate of a genius!The backing by the LSO also adds dynamics to the recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a 'live' recording, mainly a studio product 28 Dec 2011
By Raymond Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a superb CD which I have played countless times during the past ten years. But don't be deceived - on the whole this isn't a 'live' recording, despite the applause (both after the items and during them).

When this concert from London was broadcast on the UK's BBC Radio 3 in December 2000 we heard exactly what had taken place at the event itself. At this stage I cannot remember whether it was this concert or the similar Brubeck/LSO collaboration in London in December 1995 which was not transmitted 'live' but was instead broadcast a few days after the event - I recall that on one of those two occasions, the conductor, Russell Gloyd, made a reference to the concert being recorded for future transmission when he spoke to the audience whilst introducing items. Whatever the case, I taped the 2000 concert on audio cassette and enjoyed it so much that I played the tape repeatedly, long before the CD was released. As a result, I grew to know those broadcast performances in detail, and when the CD was released a year later, I was astonished at how much of it was evidently re-recorded after the concert. As soon as the jazzmen enter in the first number after the orchestral introduction, their improvisations are completely different from those we heard in the broadcast and it's much the same story throughout the disc, which appears to be edited together from fragments of the concert, from a post-concert recording session, and perhaps from the rehearsals preceding the concert. My estimate is that only about 20% of what we hear is actually taken from the concert.

This is not a criticism of Dave, just something which I think should be pointed out, given the extent to which the 'LSO Live' label disingenuously markets its releases with the false claim in the publicity that they contain spontaneous music-making possible only within a 'live' concert environment. This Brubeck CD is essentially a studio-style product, and it illustrates that wonderful spontaneous music-making can emerge from a hall with no audience present, not just in public concerts, contrary to the prejudice held by many non-professional listeners that studio recordings are usually dull and that 'live' recordings inevitably communicate more vividly. In addition, if Dave Brubeck feels that he can improve on his concert performance by re-recording 80% of his album after the concert in an empty hall, then that is his prerogative and we shouldn't argue with him. But the house label of a major London orchestra should not be so frankly dishonest as to try to deceive a gullible public that they are being offering 'live concerts' when they are not. Presumably the same is true for the 'LSO Live' classical releases, which are cynically marketed as possessing qualities only possible within 'live' music-making.

It's a pity that the electrifying first number after the interval (for me the highlight of the concert) was not included; with limited space on the CD, surely the item which should have been omitted was Dave's 'Brandenburg' variations, the only dull item of the evening. I am also disappointed that some of the striking improvisations heard in the concert during the Count Basie tribute have been edited out to make way for the very different (and more restrained) versions heard on this CD. One of the Amazon reviewers (Kenneth Nielsen) considers this a tame CD - I defer to his superior knowledge of Brubeck's work, and I have no wish to argue with him, but I would point out to him that what we heard in the concert which was broadcast from London was more adventurous than what is offered here. For some reason, Brubeck smoothed out everything for this commercial release.

Nevertheless, I find this wonderful CD inspiring. By jazz standards, this is conventional music-making, but the style is individual and the music is often fiery (Dave must have played 'Blue Rondo a la Turk' thousands of times but it still sounds committed here) at other times highly sensitive. Incidentally, I come from a 'classical' background, and I would urge anyone else with classical tastes to hear this album - not because of the presence of the LSO, but because classical enthusiasts may well find that they will feel at home with the harmonic sophistication of much of the music on offer here, particularly in a number such as 'In Your Own Sweet way'. The 'Chorale' suggests that Brubeck had been listening to Aaron Copland.

The recording was made in the Barbican Centre, London. Despite its size this is a hall where it seems difficult for engineers to obtain a resonant sound (witness the many classical releases from the Barbican with a 'flat' sound similar to that which one hears from the BBC's much smaller Maida Vale Studio 1). The characteristic dryness of sound is apparent here, though it doesn't diminish the impact of this music-making at all. Presumably Brubeck's piano is amplified. The production team credited on the disc consists of three of the industry's top technicians: James Mallinson, Jack Renner and Tony Faulkner.

I can only hope that one day we will also have a CD issue of the similar Brubeck/LSO concert given five years earlier in December 1995 (also broadcast on BBC Radio 3). The 1995 and 2000 programmes duplicated many numbers, but of course the improvisations were different on each night.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treat! 24 Nov 2007
By M. L. Arnautov - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I went to the Brubeck's 85'th birthday concert with the LSO, and it was *so* good that I promptly bought this recording of the 80th birthday concert. I am very glad I did! To my mind only Chorale doesn't quite work - the rest is a joy to the ears, and I listen again and again (and then again, for good measure). Militello's sax sound is harsher than Desmond's was, but he is a great musician - just check out his solo on Take Five if you still need a proof, and his flute on Brandenburg gate is simply excellent. As for the rest, it's Dave himself, of course, plus Darius, Chris, Matthew and Dan Brubeck, plus Alec Dankworth, plus the mighty LSO conducted by Russell Gloyd -- all enjoying themselves. Do I need to say more? Some of Dan's drumming in particular is quite breath-taking, but that's not to run down anybody else's contribution.

Needless to say, almost all the pieces are by Dave himself, but there is one exception. Four Score in Seven was Darius' composition written for the occasion (as the title suggests), and it is a fitting tribute indeed - slightly edgier than dad's music, but most enjoyable none-the-less.

Above all the CD really captures the audience loving it, particularly when after Take Five they get treated to Unsquare Dance!

I return to this CD whenever I feel slightly down for whatever reason, and it never fails to lift me up. If you like Brubeck's music, and if you have any liking for a lush big band jazz sound, get this CD. You won't regret it!
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Brubeck in a Symphonic setting 17 Jan 2004
By Kenneth G. Nielsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have reviewed most all of Dave Brubeck's work since the 1950's and this is probably one of the most tame of his endeavors. I almost went to sleep. I think the general weight of having the London Symphony and also all of the family members at this 80th birthday celebration performance, gets in the way of what Brubeck does best: Straight Ahead Jazz Improvisation on piano. A far better bout in a symphonic setting was done with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic along with the Dave Brubeck quartet in a beautiful blending written and scored by Dave Brubeck's talented Brother, Howard. Sadly, the Bernstein/Brubeck collaboration is not available on recording for some unknown reason - probably licensing permissions I would guess.
I would recommend that the listener take the money he/she would invest in this particular CD and invest it in the 'Carnegie Hall' 2 CD set for a clearer hearing of Dave Brubeck doing what he does best.
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