Dave Brubeck Quartet: Dave Brubeck (piano); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Joe Benjamin (bass); Joe Morello (drums).
Producer: Cal Lampley.
Reissue producer: Amy Herot.
Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York, New York on July 28 & 30 and August 23, 1958. Includes liner notes by Dave Brubeck and Howard Mandel.
In 1958, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, one of the most popular jazz groups in the world, played 80 concerts in 14 countries during a three-month period. To salute the marathon road trip, the pianist/leader composed six songs for a new recording (which is now out on this CD). "Nomad" and "Brandenburg Gate" are the best-known originals but all of the other selections are equally enjoyable, featuring fine solos from Brubeck and altoist Paul Desmond. ~ Scott Yanow