Personnel: Dave Brubeck (piano); Dave Brubeck; Chris Brubeck (guitar, bass trombone, electric bass, bass guitar); Bill Airey Smith (clarinet); Bill Smith (clarinet); Randy Jones (drums).
Audio Mixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Author: Carl Jefferson.
Recording information: Concord Jazz Festival, Concord, CA (08/1982).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Bill Smith ; Chris Brubeck; Randy Jones.
In 1982 pianist Dave Brubeck welcomed clarinetist Bill Smith (who he had played with back in his octet days in the late '40s) as a permanent member of his Quartet along with drummer Randy Jones and Chris Brubeck on electric bass and occasional bass trombone. This album features the new Quartet at the Concord Jazz Festival playing what would become their typical mixture of songs: three Brubeck compositions ("Benjamin," "Koto Song" and "Softly, William, Softly"), a standard ("Black and Blue") and yet another remake of "Take Five." These are fine performances. ~ Scott Yanow