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BRAVE / PRAXIS: Audio ::: The Dave Brubeck Quartet

This is a classic west coast jazz album from the late 50’s that I really like, and probably one of the top 20 jazz albums of all times. It has all the elements and freshness of a classical west coast jazz album. If I had to compare this album with an architectural building, this would be the “Kaufmann Desert House” by Richard Neutra!

Since it’s been long since our last audio post and I had nothing better to write, I decided to take someone else’s words, so please read below what I could find at the editorial reviews from written by Fred Goodman. Hope you’ll enjoy this little piece of music history…

Boasting the first jazz instrumental to sell a million copies, the Paul Desmond-penned “Take Five,” Time Out captures the celebrated jazz quartet at the height of both its popularity and its powers. Recorded in 1959, the album combines superb performances by pianist Brubeck, alto saxophonist Desmond, drummer Joe Morrello and bassist Gene Wright. Along with “Take Five,” the album features another one of the group’s signature compositions, “Blue Rondo a la Turk.” Though influenced by the West Coast-cool school, Brubeck’s greatest interest and contribution to jazz was the use of irregular meters in composition, which he did with great flair. Much of the band’s appeal is due to Desmond, whose airy tone and fluid attack often carried the band’s already strong performances to another level. Together, he and Brubeck proved one of the most potent pairings of the era. —Fred Goodman

You can listen to the album at’s Sound Unwound: The Personal Music Encyclopedia

Band photo and album cover images via Sound Unwound: The Personal Music Encyclopedia