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  • Audio CD (18 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000269KH
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Dave Brubeck Quartet - The Great Concerts: Amsterdam, Copenhage

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Dave Brubeck is a landmark in jazz. I came to feel jazz and open my mind plenty to it after listening to Dave Brubeck Quartet. The best formation of the quartet included Brubeck on piano, genius Paul Desmond on saxo, Gene Wright on bass and thunderous Joe Morello on drums. This album is a remarkable compilation of this Quartet performances in Carnegie Hall and Europe. It is a quite good recording and until recently the European tapes of Copenhagen have not been issued in CD format. Some of the best moments in Carnegie Hall are catched here, including the seminal tracks "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk". You may go to this album to have a great live summary of the band playing their best tunes. If you want more complete approach you shall go for the Carnegie Hall performance, which is without equal and the shows in Mexico (Buried Treasures and Bravo Brubeck). However this album is a good compilation and the Amsterdam concert is not published in CD by now, so this is also for completists. Brubeck was trained in classical music and produced a jazz which is sophisticated without losing its purity and freshness. Paul Desmond on alto saxo is a delight, I guess no one ever played that instrument that good and so cool.
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On the whole I am not keen on compilation CDs, but this is very much and exception. I DO like "live" recordings and here we have excerpts from three GREAT concerts from 1958 and 1963 with the "classic" quartet: Brubeck, Desmond, Morello and Wright all playing at their very best.
We have three tracks (1958) from the album "Dave Brubeck Quartet in Europe" (Copenhagen concert), two tracks from "Brubeck In Amsterdam" (1963) and four from the Carnegie Hall concert (1963) everyone a classic recording.
Every track is a pearl, but there are three or four that stand out for me: the opener "Pennies From Heaven" (9.49), "For All We Know" (9.25), Blue Rondo" (11.59) and "Take Five" (6.15) coincidentally all from Carnegie Hall. Don't think that the rest of the album is dross...it ain't; it's great!
Nine great performances brought together! Worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live performances are best 5 July 2011
By Terry - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of the Dave Brubeck Quartet since Time Out was first released. I highly recommend listening to any of their recordings done before a live audience. Their performances are amplified by the audience reaction and makes the experience all the more exciting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Sept. 2014
By KCJR - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent performance and sonics
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brubeck Imported And Domestic In First-Class Live Package 18 Oct. 2000
By Anthony G Pizza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The mid-1950s through mid-1960s were remarkable years for jazz, especially for the challenging yet accessible music of Dave Brubeck's Quartet. In those years Brubeck was the first jazz musician to make a "Time" magazine cover, sell one million copies of a jazz instrumental, and raise a following first among college-age youth through hectic touring. This resulted in bristling peer comments (Columbia labelmate Miles Davis particularly nasty in an infamous "Down Beat" interview), but kudos from a public for whom Brubeck was (to paraphrase his Broadway show) a "real ambassador" for jazz. Much of this worldwide following came from appearances like these anthologized on "The Great Concerts," recorded between 1957-63 by the Quartet's greatest lineup at its most popular and creative.
The players' alchemy is notable considering that, according to the liner notes, they played the Carnegie Hall portion in poor health after a long tour. Here, Brubeck chases Paul Desmond's fluttering sax solos on a swift "Blue Rondo a La Turk" and on intimate, compact renditions of Billy Strayhorn's "Take The A Train" and a gently persistent "Like Someone In Love." Joe Morello at times hides superb cymbal work behind Desmond's gliding, other times slamming (especially on "Real Ambassadors" where he duets with Brubeck's near boogie-woogie piano) with swinging intensity approaching a jazz variation of John Bonham. (If the "Time Signatures" box set is to be believed, Brubeck enjoyed such drum flamboyance.)
This remains among the few live collections still in print from the Quartet's peak years (although Atlantic's "We're All Together Again For The First Time" from a decade later recaptures the group in fine form). It is thus essential for longtime Brubeck fans, although "Greatest Hits," his "Anything Goes" tribute to Cole Porter and the legendary "Time Out" are strong first purchases for the new listener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular live concerts by the Quartet! 3 Mar. 1999
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Format: Audio CD
This magnificent CD covers three live concerts given by the DBQ. The tracks are all brilliant examples of how this seminal group played before an audience. Track one, "Pennies From Heaven" is the group at it's swinging heights. The melody, cleverly disguised by Brubeck is a high-octane adventure. Listen to Joe Morello's drumming on this, it's easy to see how talented he is. Other selections include ultra quick versions of "Take Five", and "Blue Rondo A La Turk". Listen to how the audience reacts when they begin these tunes. Their worldwide poularity is clearly evident. The rest of the CD is a great mix of standards, from the propulsive swing of "Take The "A" train, to the lush, unabashed romanticism of "For All We Know", and "Like Someone In Love." To round off this collection of live brillance, is the swinging "Tangerine", supposedly Paul Desmond's favorite song. He plays with such vigor that he doesn't even allow Dave to introduce the tune as usual. After Dave's dramatic solo, listen to Paul's exuberant reentry, it will instantly start your toe-tapping and your face smiling.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great live show. 4 Sept. 1998
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Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Brubeck for about three years now and this is my favorite CD of his. I tend to prefer live shows over all that studio stuff anyway, and of the live shows I have heard, this is the best. The sound quality is good and if you, like me, still love the classics like Take Five and Blue Rondo A La Turk, then this is definitely a good buy. These two in particular are nice because they are extended versions with more soloing and energy, and Blue Rondo is a bit faster than on other recordings. Of course, the other tunes are great as well with typical top-notch musicianship. The sleeve of the CD contains a nice review with interesting insights on the different concerts and quotes from the band on what they thought of the shows. If you like Brubeck and you enjoy the energy of great live performances, this one is a good one for you.
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