Here is some jazz from one of the American masters, Dave Brubeck and his Quartet. This was $1. I have gotten quite ahead of myself writing posts and all. You may have noticed this last month when I was writing about Hurricane Harvey in Mid- October.
Well, as of the time you read this, it is Halloween, despite it not being during the time of writing. If I can remember to get back here to update, here was my costume over the weekend. If you are unsure who it is, the answer is at the end of the post.
This record, released in 1961, is a follow up to his earlier Time Out, from 1959 which explored the use of odd time signatures. This earlier efforts produced what I have noted on this blog as one of the cornerstones of not only West Coast Jazz but American song writing in general, “Take Five” . I could say that this piece is our equivalent of Bach or Mozart but I digress. His is this record by his Quartet which featured Paul Desmond on sax, Eugene Wright on bass, Joe Morello on drums, and Brubeck on piano, the same lineup as the earlier record.
Brubeck arranged the songs on the record in order of beats, starting with 3/4 time and ending with 9/8. 9 songs. All pretty good. Granted none as great as “Take Five” but why should this diminish from this effort? The album still was successful, peaking at #8 on the Billboard chart.
For a sample, I was torn between “Blue Shaddow In the Night” in 9/8 time and “Far More Drums” in 5/4. I decided to go with the latter, mainly because I like drum solos.
Satisfactory record. For the record, I went as Jared Kushner, the President’s son in law for Halloween on Saturday.