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London Flat, London Sharp

DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET

TELARC JAZZ CD-83625

 

 

 

  1. London Flat, London Sharp
  2. To Sit and Dream
  3. The Time of Our Madness
  4. Unisphere
  5. Steps to Peace
  6. Forty Days
  7. Cassandra
  8. Yes, We All Have Our Cross to Bear
  9. Mr. Fats
  10. Ballad of the Rhine.

Dave Brubeck – Piano

Bobby Militello – Alto & Flute

Michael Moore – Double Bass

Randy Jones – Drums

Dave Brubeck has become one of the all time jazz legends, right from the Quartets inception in the early 50,s; he always was something special. What is amazing is that he has just got better and better and this album recorded in 2004, when he was over 80, I would rate as his best ever.

Bobby Militello is a different player type of player to Paul Desmond. Desmond was the epitome of ‘cool’, always seeming to have plenty of time to weave his gorgeous improvisations. Militello is power player, if Charlie Parker was still with us I can imagine that he would play in a similar style. After hearing this record and the Quartet in concert, I am convinced that he is the ideal partner for Brubeck.

In the earlier Quartet records with Desmond, Brubeck seemed to me to get over excited at times and try to play too much. In this latest Quartet he is very sure footed and a joy to listen to.

The tracks are all Brubeck compositions, they all contain the Brubeck flair for melody and all have that ‘sound good on first hearing quality’ that is lacking on so many of the current own composition albums. Most of those albums are by people with no flair for composition, who don’t want to pay royalties so that they can play some decent tunes! Some of the tunes have very complex sequences, the title track is a good example, but the musicians are all well up to the challenge and manage them with ease. Dave’s own piano playing is in a class of it’s own, I have never heard him play better and he is well supported by the remainder of the rhythm section.

Bobby Militello is not a musician that I know a lot about, but on this showing he is as good an alto player as you will here on today’s jazz scene and his empathy with Brubeck’s piano playing is entire.

Whether you have been a Brubeck fan in the past or not, buy this record. If you like jazz music, you will like this, you will be hearing jazz master craftsmen at work!

 

Don Mather

 



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