Personnel: Dave Brubeck (piano); Bill Airey Smith, Bill Smith (clarinet); Chris Brubeck (bass trombone, double bass, electric bass); Alec Dankworth, Michael Moore , Jack Six (double bass); Randy Jones (drums); Bobby Militello (alto saxophone); Jerry Bergonzi (tenor saxophone); Butch Miles (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Phillips.
Liner Note Authors: Russell Gloyd; Bob Blumenthal.
Recording information: Ambient Recording Studio, Stamford, CT (08/21/1979-01/21/2004); Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA (08/21/1979-01/21/2004); Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Musuem Of Art, Cleveland, (08/21/1979-01/21/2004); Russian Hill Recording, San Francisco, CA (08/21/1979-01/21/2004); Soun Tec Studios, East Norwalk, CT (08/21/1979-01/21/2004); Starbucks, 29th And Park Avenue South, New York, NY (08/21/1979-01/21/2004); Studio C, Avatar Studio, New York, NY (08/21/1979-01/21/2004); The Blue Note, New York, NY (08/21/1979-01/21/2004); The Concord Jazz Festival, Concord, CA (08/21/1979-01/21/2004); The Rossiya Concert Hall, Moscow, U.S.S.R (08/21/1979-01/21/2004); The Royal Festival Hall, London, England (08/21/1979-01/21/2004); Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC (08/21/1979-01/21/2004).
Photographer: Waring Abbott.
Dave Brubeck is generally considered one of the jazz giants of the 1950s and '60s, but his prolific output and performances from the '70s through the 2000s are seldom discussed. This is a shame, since Brubeck was playing with the same remarkable level of invention and skill at the turn of the century as he did on 1959's classic TIME OUT. This two-disc compilation skims the cream from the pianist and composer's latter-day discography, reaching back to the late '70s and continuing through 2004. Brubeck always surrounds himself with fine players, and his vigor with the ivories still astonishes, transforming even well-worn chestnuts like "St. Louis Blues," "I Got Rhythm," and Charlie Parker's "Cherokee" into exercises in bop elegance.