Desmond’s Quotes – Live From Chicago’s Blue Note 1953

It's high-time for another installment of 'Desmond's Quotes', and this one's a bit unusual.  This post features performances taken from radio broadcasts of the Dave Brubeck Quartet at the Blue Note in Chicago, Illinois.  Recorded in March of 1953, these recordings find the group on fire, Paul Desmond especially so.  Aside from showing his tasty [...]

Europa Jazz // Dave Brubeck (Europa Jazz EJ-1032)

After a momentary break, it's time to get back to some Brubeck, the reason why I began this website!  This is one of those rarer bootleg albums, where the information surrounding the recording is actually pretty well-documented.  It's the album pressing itself that is confusing and unclear.  With that, on to the music we go! [...]

The Playboy Jazz All-Stars // Various Artists (Playboy Records PB #1957)

This is an album I've been looking forward to writing about from the moment I created this blog.  The product of Playboy Magazine's first jazz poll, Hugh Hefner decided to create an album to honor the winners of the poll.  By releasing such a project, Hefner and the folks at Playboy provided a snapshot of [...]

Brubeck’s Notes – Someday My Prince Will Come

Following up on Mr. Lodge's excellent analysis of Paul Desmond's solo on a live performance of "Someday My Prince Will Come" dating from the 1970's, here's another post with another look at another live performance of "Someday My Prince Will Come". This performance stems from an early 1960's appearance by the Dave Brubeck Quartet at [...]

Jazz At Oberlin // Dave Brubeck (Fantasy 3-11)

No, this is not deja vu.  Well, it is but it isn't.  This may technically be the same album as the one I just wrote about, but there's a two-inch difference that is rather significant.  Does size matter?  To the music! The Music The Tune:  "The Way You Look Tonight" Recorded:  2 March, 1953 at [...]

Jazz At Oberlin // Dave Brubeck (Fantasy 3245)

Due to recent events, I decided to switch gears a bit and delve into another form of live jazz:  Jazz with a learned twist.  And if you want to talk about jazz at college, there's no better place to start than the granddaddy of all college jazz albums.The Music The Tune:  "Perdido" Recorded:  2 March, [...]

Jazz At Storyville // Dave Brubeck (Fantasy 3240)

After spending time in the jazz capital of the world (New York City), it's time to explore some other jazz clubs.  But before we leave the East Coast, there's another spot that is worth checking out.  We're headed to Massachusetts.  The city?  Boston.  The club?  Storyville.  It's another exploration in 'Nightclub Jazz', the sub-genre of [...]