Dave Brubeck Quartet: Dave Brubeck (piano); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Ron Crotty (bass); Joe Dodge (drums).
Recorded live at College Of The Pacific, Stockton, California on December 14, 1953. Originally released on Fantasy (3223). Includes liner notes by Wayne Morrill.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
This set is a near-classic, one of many from this period, by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Drummer Joe Dodge had just joined the group, and he works with bassist Ron Crotty in laying down a solid and subtle foundation. The real action, however, takes place up front with pianist Dave Brubeck and altoist Paul Desmond. Their individual solos are full of creative ideas on six standards -- most memorable are "All the Things You Are," "Laura," and "I'll Never Smile Again" -- and their interaction and tradeoffs are timeless. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow