Sealed Dave BrubeckBrandenberg GateFour of the five selections on Brandenburg Gate: Revisited (1963) are new interpretations of Dave Brubeck (piano) classics scored by the pianist's older sibling, Howard Brubeck, who is likewise the...8.95

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Four of the five selections on Brandenburg Gate: Revisited (1963) are new interpretations of Dave Brubeck (piano) classics scored by the pianist's older sibling, Howard Brubeck, who is likewise the author of the "G Flat Theme," which is offered here for the first time.

By the time of this 1963 platter, the perpetually touring Dave Brubeck Quartet had played behind a few of the North America's finest ensembles -- commencing with a personal invitation extended by Robert Shaw and the San Diego Symphony in 1956. In fact, these expanded arrangements were actually done live before they were recorded in the studio. A similar fate befell material from Brubeck Plays Bernstein Plays Brubeck (1960), which was the Quartet's earlier orchestral collaboration.

"Brandenburg Gate" has been significantly expanded from the version heard on Jazz Impressions of Eurasia (1958). The selection has developed into a side-long suite that includes substantial emotive counterpoint connecting the moody and contemplative strings and the swinging melodic contributions of Paul Desmond (alto sax), Eugene Wright (bass), and Joe Morello (drums). The subtle tension and liberation that exists between the two arguably disparate aggregates prevent either from overpowering the other. Likewise, spirited leads and improvisations from Brubeck and Desmond keep the elaborate piece agile and firmly rooted in jazz.

"Summer Song" is given a stately update, reflecting the easygoing nature of the Jazz Impressions of the U.S.A. (1956) reading. Desmond once again reels off impressive lines that never detract from the tastefully understated string augmentation. The affective "In Your Own Sweet Way" has evolved from the piano solo that initially graced Brubeck Plays Brubeck (1956). The accompaniment is pronounced as it wafts beneath Brubeck's spontaneous chord progressions and nimbly executed keyboarding.

As previously mentioned, "G Flat Theme" is the only tune debuted on Brandenburg Gate: Revisited. What begins as dark and melancholy dissipates into a mid-tempo groove that drives both Brubeck and Desmond into some very interesting spaces as they quickly adapt their sound to the slightly noir, but highly memorable chorus.

"Kathy's Waltz" benefits from a more thorough examination, as compared to the Time Out (1959) rendering. There is a stately air present on this interpretation that remains conspicuously discreet on the more familiar outing. On the whole, of all the reworkings this one seems to be the most rewarding, especially as Desmond is backed with the lush full-bodied orchestra.

Track Listing:

Brandenburg Gate (D.Brubeck) (18:28)
Night Song
Morning Song
Pivot Dance
Exhilaration Dance
Final Dance
Summer Song (D. Brubeck) (4:12)
In Your Own Sweet Way (D. Brubeck)(4:58)
G Flat Theme (H. Brubeck) (3:55)
Kathy's Waltz (D. Brubeck) (3:02)


Dave Brubeck (piano)
Paul Desmond (alto sax)
Eugene Wright (bass)
Joe Morello (drums)
Howard Brubeck (arranger, conductor)
Max Pollikoff (concertmaster)


This is usually one of the first albums I reach for when I am looking for a smooth-over: the very first phrases of the first track are like a great big sigh, and it draws you into a fully engaging CD of classical and jazz.

This is one my favourite Brubeck albums ;all the tunes are excellent ; the quartet is in top form.

Brubeck blends jazz and classical music amazingly.People want him to swing but they're talking to the wrong man ; Brubeck is from a classical background ( learning from people like DARIUS MILHAUD ) so it's natural that he has a tendency towards classical music and no one
mixed classical music and jazz quite as well as Brubeck did on this album.

Turn the lights off and listen to this jazz symphony.

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In my opinion no jazz library is complete without a copy of this cataloged. Since the debut of this famous work, no one has dared challenge this fabulous work. From its inception, to its recording and its subsequent release this Dave Brubeck has stood on its own merits quite nicely. To be blunt this masterpiece cannot be challenged it is that good.

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