Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dave Brubeck - Brubeck A La Mode (1960) [Remastered 1990]

Dave Brubeck - Brubeck A La Mode (1960) [Remastered 1990]
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Genre ~ Cool, West Coast Jazz, Piano Jazz | Label ~ Fantasy Records

It's easy to forget that Dave Brubeck ever recorded any fascinating music with a horn player other than Paul Desmond. But in clarinetist William O. Smith, Brubeck had another foil, another thorough, highly developed (and well-regarded) composer with aerated tone and brilliance of ideas. This 1960 set, like Near Myth, features only Smith's compositions, all of them modal, and all of them showing melted edges and gentle bursts of creative improvising. Brubeck is his usual stalwart player, with his stark chords played so that they sound charming. Drummer Joe Morello and bassist Eugene Wright, Brubeck's best rhythm section, step up to Smith's demanding works, playing latticed harmony so that it rumbles a bit beneath the wood-toned clarinet--whose range sounds ever so Desmond-like. This is a sleeper in the Brubeck catalog, but don't let that imply anything negative. It's astounding. ~ Amazon


1. Dorian Dance
2. Peace Brother
3. Invention
4. Lydian Line
5. Catch-Me-If-You-Can
6. Frisco Fog
7. The Piper
8. Soliloquy
9. One For The Kids
10. Ballade

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