Personnel: Dave Brubeck (piano); Leonard Bernstein (conductor); Louis Armstrong, Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross (vocals); Jerry Bergonzi (soprano saxophone); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Perry Robinson, Bill Smith (clarinet); Darius Brubeck (electric piano); Ron Crotty, Bob Bates, Eugene Wright, Jack Six, David Powell (bass); Lloyd Davis, Joe Dodge, Joe Morello, Alan Dawson, Dan Brubeck (drums); The New York Philharmonic.
Compilation producers: Bob Belden, Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded between 1952 and 1991. Includes liner notes by Doug Ramsey.
Digitally remastered by Seth Foster and Mark Wilder (Sony Studios, New York, New York).
This is part of the Columbia/Legacy Ken Burns JAZZ series.
Personnel: Dave Brubeck (piano); Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Louis Armstrong (vocals); Perry Robinson, Bill Smith (clarinet); Jerry Bergonzi (soprano saxophone); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Darius Brubeck (electric piano); Dan Brubeck, Joe Dodge , Joe Morello, Alan Dawson , Lloyd Davis (drums).
Liner Note Author: Doug Ramsey.
Recording information: 03/02/1953-05/07/1991.
Editor: Peter Keepnews.
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. The Dave Brubeck installment is an excellent illustration of how the cool-jazz pioneer had his cake and ate it too. Brubeck was instrumental in popularizing the laid-back cool style, scoring a major hit with the LP Time Out and its ubiquitous standard "Take Five." Yet Brubeck also managed to keep his music challenging and complex despite its mellow melodicism, particularly through his pioneering use of odd rhythmic meters. Drawing selections from throughout Brubeck's career, Ken Burns Jazz provides an excellent introduction to his accessible yet artistically satisfying oeuvre, even if some of Brubeck's individual albums are classics in themselves. ~ Steve Huey