4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A splendid solo session from Dave Brubeck, this is is certainly one of his finest albums. Brubeck is a fine pianist and, away from his usual quartet setting, is in much more reflective mood than usual. Gone are the tedious percussive interludes and 'too clever by half' fugal moments of his earlier sessions. As he has got older he has become a finer musician than he was at the height of his early fame. He has stripped his style down to essentials and, as a result, his playing here shows the maturity of a master pianist at the peak of his powers.
This album consists of a mixture of standards and Brubeck originals all of which are quite delightful. It is difficult to choose outstanding tracks as they are all excellent performances but, of the originals, 'Briar Bush' is one of the finest. 'More Than You Know' is lovely version of a great ballad - tender without a trace of saccarine sentimentality - and 'I Understand' just as good.
A near perfect album which deserves a place in the collections of all who love fine jazz piano playing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2008
If you need to slow-down after mulling over the problems of a busy day,this is the tonic.Just You Just Me is the ideal title for these offerings from a more *intimate* Brubeck than the chord-basher some critics have, in the past,labelled him.The liner notes provide some personal insights into his choices of material.Brubecks first solo album*Brubeck Plays Brubeck*is interesting by comparison,as JYJM is a more mature,thoughtful output.His*Variations on Brother Can You Spare A Dime*is a good example.Forty years is too long to wait for Brubecks next solo album,as he admits in the liners.