on 2 October 2009
This album has not been available for some years but thanks to this Spanish label, here is your chance to hear the Brubeck quartet at a live concert playing some great music. Not because he is playing tunes composed by or associated with Duke Ellington but because here are a group of musicians playing wonderful tunes in their own inimitable style. Paul Desmond plays some superb solos, Brubeck keeps his cool and plays beautiful music in tribute to Duke. Joe Benjamin fills the bass chair and Joe Morello keeps the right level of rhythm accompaniment as the fourth voice in the quartet. Apart from the original programme at Newport 1958, there is an extended "A Train" from an earlier 1958 concert in Berlin. Although not as well recorded as the Newport programme, it has some brilliant touches in its own right.
This album should be owned by all Brubeck devotees!
on 27 November 2009
Why this recording was"lost"for so long I don't understand! The rendering of Newport58 came to my notice whilst reading "It's About Time" by Fred M. Hall,[The Dave Brubeck story].How does a terrific concert like this go off the radar? I would rate this CD on a par with Brubeck's earlier "College" albums after having found it at good old Amazon.
According to the aforementioned publication Brubeck held Ellington in very high regard almost awe,and the feeling was mutual; this is blatantly obvious in these renditions.
Buy it and feel glad that these classic concerts are still being resurrected for our delectation.Another point that struck me, was that Paul Desmond sounds happier and more relaxed ,if that's possible.and the whole concert has a party atmosphere