Personnel: Dave Brubeck (piano); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Ron Crotty, Wyatt "Bull" Ruther (bass); Lloyd Davis, Herb Barman,Joe Dodge (drums).
Recorded between September 1952 & March 30, 1954. Includes liner notes by Phil Elwood.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1990, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley).
Selections #1-8 were originally released on Fantasy (3-210); #9-14 were released on Fantasy (3-240).
Personnel: Dave Brubeck (piano); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Herb Barman, Joe Dodge , Lloyd Davis (drums).
Liner Note Author: Philip Elwood.
Recording information: Black Hawk, San Francisco, CA (09/??/1952/03/30/1954); LA, CA (09/??/1952/03/30/1954); Los Angeles, CA (09/??/1952/03/30/1954); San Francisco, CA (09/??/1952/03/30/1954); Storyville, Boston, MA (09/??/1952/03/30/1954); Surf Club, Hollywood, CA (09/??/1952/03/30/1954).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Dave Brubeck; Paul Desmond; Ron Crotty; Herb Barman; Joe Dodge ; Lloyd Davis; Wyatt Ruther.
This CD reissues two earlier Fantasy LPs titled Jazz at the Black Hawk and Jazz at Storyville. Pianist Dave Brubeck and altoist Paul Desmond are the two main constants while bassists Ron Crotty and Wyatt Ruther and drummers Lloyd Davis, Herb Barman and Joe Dodge are heard on some tracks. There are many high points to this interesting set including Brubeck-Desmond duets on "Over the Rainbow" and "You Go to My Head," an unaccompanied piano solo on "My Heart Stood Still" and quartet versions of "Jeepers Creepers," "Trolley Song" and "Crazy Chris." ~ Scott Yanow