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"I hear you're mad about Brubeck...",
This review is from: The Dave Brubeck Quartet At Carnegie Hall (Audio CD)
The classic Brubeck Quartet live and in spanking form. Joe Morello was ill on the night of the recording he can be heard coughing in bassist Eugene Wright's feature 'King For A Day'. The rest of the world's drummers (me included) just hope that one day they might approach something akin to this level, and we would need to be in peak physical condition to even contemplate such hubris. Morello's mammoth solo on 'Castilian Drums' is a tour de force, maintaining a musicality few drummers could hope to achieve even when taking a single chorus of 'fours'.
The whole band play well, and the excitement the crowd was feeling is tangible. I do have a few criticisms though... Most of the material here is treated just as well or better on studio versions, and some of the tunes here aren't from the band's top drawer (I'd rather have heard 'Blue Shadows In The Street' than 'Bossa Nova U.S.A.', but overall they favour upbeat numbers in both sets). The material from the 'Time Out' sessions stands head and shoulders above most of the rest of the programme.
My least favourite musical element is Brubeck's insistent pounding on one particular note, which he starts doing in the opening number, 'St Louis Blues', and returns to occasionally throughout (it's something he mentions with apparent pride in the copious and interesting liner notes). However despite these reservations, this is a fantastic band playing brilliantly, and so still deserving of a full complement of stars.
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Initial post: 27 Dec 2010 10:46:52 GMT
Julian Stevens says:
Yes, a great set (and a good review here). What prompted me to investigate this album all these years on was the BBC's recent (re)screening of the DBQ's Jazz 625 concert from the same period. If memory serves, the programme contained several of the selections captured here, including Joe Morello's awesome drum solo which he seemed to pull off even better on that particular night, with more consistent rhythmic flow throughout, though maybe it just seemed that way hearing it for the first time and actually seeing as well his total command of the kit. Anyway, I bought the album and it's easy to hear why this event is widely held to be one of the greatest jazz concerts ever to have been captured on tape, now freshly invigorated by skillful remastering. Though it is of course a matter of personal taste, I personally absolutely love Bossa Nova USA and the drum solo on the opener to the set, St. Louis Blues, is great as well.
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