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Format: CD
Sku: 60072215
UPC: 025218610124
UPC 14: 00025218610124
Release Date: 1/7/1992
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Way You Look Tonight, The ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
2. Love Walked In ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
3. What Is This Thing Called Love ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
4. September In The Rain ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
5. Prelude ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
6. Fugue On Bop Themes ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
7. Let's Fall In Love ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
8. Ipca ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
9. How High The Moon ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
10. Serenade Suite ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
11. Playland-At-The-Beach ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
12. Prisoner's Song ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
13. Schizophrenic Scherzo ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
14. Rondo ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
15. I Hear A Rhapsody ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
16. You Go To My Head ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
17. Laura ~ Dave Brubeck Octet
18. Closing Theme ~ Dave Brubeck Octet

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Dave Brubeck Octet: Dave Brubeck (piano); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); David Van Kriedt (tenor saxophone); Bob Collins (baritone saxophone); Dick Collins (trumpet); William O. Smith (clarinet); Jack Weeks (bass); Cal Tjader (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded in San Francisco, California. Originally released on Fantasy (3-239). Includes original liner notes by Dave Brubeck.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Muze PNote Personnel: Dave Brubeck (piano); William O. Smith , Bill Smith (clarinet); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Dave VanKriedt (tenor saxophone); Bob Collins (baritone saxophone); Dick Collins (trumpet); Cal Tjader (drums).
Muze PNote Recording information: ??/1946-07/1950.
Muze PNote From 1946 to 1949, Dave Brubeck was involved in a co-op octet based in San Francisco that was in many ways more innovative than anything he did henceforth, and was also a parallel to the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool sessions. When you listen to this marvelous ensemble, the threads connect between later period 1950s bands of Stan Kenton, Gerry Mulligan, Bill Holman, Manny Albam, Gil Evans, and Bob Brookmeyer -- arrangers and composers whose music was intricate, involved, and evolved like that of this Brubeck band. The difference is that the members were students of 20th century icon Darius Milhaud, and to a lesser extent Roger Sessions. So the music has a quality that is directly related to fugues, rondos, and especially counterpoint, while retaining the cool bop flavor of California. While many of these players had a certain amount of credibility, they gained much more after the group was disbanded for lack of work. Cal Tjader was the drummer before forming his Latin jazz band and playing the vibraphone exclusively. Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond was just coming into his own, William O. (Bill) Smith played clarinet on this date, and with Brubeck for many years thereafter, and trumpeter Dick Collins was a mainstay in the bands of Woody Herman. It is the arrangements of tenor saxophonist David Van Kriedt that hold great interest. "Love Walked In" sports a clever in and out melody away from the original, "September in the Rain" and "I Hear a Rhapsody" are deceptively subtle, while Van Kriedt's originals "Prelude," "Fugue on Bop Themes," and "Serenade Suite" are respectively soulful, layered with individualism and diffuse. They display extreme intelligent design within a chamber jazz framework. Smith's no slouch in this department as his reworking of "What Is This Thing Called Love?" is a sneaky 5/4 to 4/4 swing, skating around this famous melody. His out-and-out original bopper "IPCA" makes the band sound larger than it is, while "Schizophrenic Scherzo" features the tart trumpet of Collins and Smith's lively, tuneful clarinet. Oh...Brubeck...he contributes a wonderfully engaging circular underpinned and involved arrangement of "The Way You Look Tonight," the epitome of West Coast cool bop. The pianists "Playland at the Beach" is an urban waltz, his version of "Laura" showcases his Erroll Garner-ish piano, "Rondo" is ultra-dramatic and foreshadows his famous "Blue Rondo ? La Turk," while his chiming piano during "How High the Moon" is the highlight of a tune interrupted by announcer Jimmy Lyons. The most remarkable aspect of this recording is the incredible interplay ever present, pronounced throughout, and utterly delightful. A strong record full of the intent, purpose, and directives of all the bandmembers, and in many ways far ahead of its time, this is a highly recommended recording that all Brubeck and modern jazz fans should re-investigate, embrace, and take to heart. ~ Michael G. Nastos

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Paul Desmond
Muze Guest Artist Cal Tjader

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Just Friends
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Muze Music Compilations Carry It On Box Set (w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Breathe:relaxing Jazz Piano
Muze Music Compilations Musical Celebration
Muze Music Compilations Jazz For Peanuts
Muze Music Compilations Time Out: Take Five - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (40th Anniversary Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Disney Jazz Volume 1
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Jazz

Associated Artists and Works

Davis, Miles
Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond ~ Desmond, Paul
Jackson, Chubby
Jackson-Harris Herd (The)
Piano Jazz: McPartland/Brubeck [2003] ~ McPartland, Marian
McRae, Carmen
Webster, Ben

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/01/1991
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1956
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 101
Music Label Name Label : Fantasy (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mono
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : AAD
Music UPC UPC : 00025218610124

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