Personnel includes: Dave Brubeck (piano); Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae (vocals); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone);
Bill Smith (clarinet); Eugene Wright, Jack Six (bass); Joe Morello, Alan Dawson (drums).
Producers include: Teo Macero, Russell Gloyd, George Avakian.
Recorded between 1956 and 1991. Includes liner notes by Dave Brubeck.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Dave Brubeck (piano); Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae (vocals); Bill Smith (clarinet); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Billy Kyle (piano); Joe Morello, Alan Dawson (drums); Salvatore Agueros (congas, bongos).
Recording information: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, NY (07/16/1956-05/07/1991); Dave Brubeck's House, Oakland (07/16/1956-05/07/1991); Legion Hall, Hollywood, CA (07/16/1956-05/07/1991); Mexico (07/16/1956-05/07/1991); Puebla, Mexico (07/16/1956-05/07/1991); San Francisco, CA (07/16/1956-05/07/1991).
For listeners interested in a mellow overview of much of what pianist Dave Brubeck is famous for, this is a nice compilation. Ballads: Music for You features various studio and live performances that pianist Dave Brubeck gave from the mid-'50s to the late '60s. Included are dates with longtime collaborator/saxophonist Paul Desmond and others. Since most Brubeck aficionados will probably have heard these tracks before -- as most, if not all of his catalog is available on CD -- this album appears rather superfluous for even die-hard completists. Nonetheless, it is an enjoyable and well-paced release. ~ Matt Collar