Personnel: Dave Brubeck (piano); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Dave Van Kriedt (tenor saxophone); Norm Bates (bass); Joe Morello (drums).
Originally released on Fantasy (3268). Includes original release liner notes by Dick Hadlock.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1990, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Tenor-saxophonist Dave Van Kreidt, a former member of Dave Brubeck's octet in the late '40s, had a reunion with the pianist, altoist Paul Desmond and bassist Bob Bates for this unusual session; Brubeck's new drummer Joe Morello made the group a quintet. Van Kreidt supplied all of the compositions (some of which are fairly complex), giving this set a sound very much different than the usual Brubeck Quartet outing. Interesting if not essential classical-influenced music that predates the Third Stream movement. ~ Scott Yanow