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This review is from: Time Further Out (Audio CD)
I've just starting playing this album again recently and had forgotten how good it was. In fact like nearly all the other reviews here I'd say its not just good, its brilliant, and probably one of my favourite Jazz albums.
All the compositions are by Dave Brubeck and they a form a blues suite, that was inspired by the Jean Miro painting on the album cover. Some of these are amongst his finest compositions, and I think its a stronger album than its predecessor. From the lovely 'Far More Blue' to the incredibly catchy 'It's a Raggy Waltz' and 'Unsquare Dance' you get a range of strong material, which vary in time signature and style. On 'Bru's Boogie Woogie' we find out that Dave Brubeck can play straight ahead 8 to the bar feel; shouldn't be a surprise really. It certainly adds some variety to the album. The playing is impeccable from all 4 musicians, as you'd expect
The two extra tracks compliment the album well, and It's a Raggy Waltz live ably demonstrates the Jazz musicians art as both Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond play solos that are markedly different from the original version.
I also highly recommend reading the original sleeve notes and Dave Brubeck's written reminiscence 35 years later.