I dont pretend to fully grasp the various time signatures, and as such neither do i give pay much heed to the value of this record as Mr Brubeck and his bandmates' exercise in extreme muso ramblings. What matters is: The whole thing just swings. From start to finish, this is jazz that will make you tap your toes and hum along at the same time, and all too often in my relatively limited jazz experience, either a good rythmn or a catchy melody seems forsaken for the other. Joe Morello's drums and Gene Wright's bass keep the whole thing rolling without ever dominating Paul Desmond's sax, almost flute-like in the warmth of it's tone, or Brubeck's often understated piano. Time Out sounds to me like the soundtrack to a Woody Allen film, and makes me want to wear thick black rimmed glasses. Yet this time thats not a bad thing.......
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