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I shorten the title a touch too short the Official and actual album that I will be featuring is “The Dave Brubeck Quartet at Carnegie Hall” starting Monday January 30th. It can be purchased here. Jazz Con Class will air and broadcast just 4 songs so you can get a good taste of this excellent “Live” album. Check the schedule for play times. This is one of the best Jazz albums you will ever hear! More on album:

For all those who have a big axe to grind with Brubeck, for all those who claim the band was only successful because they were predominantly white, or played pop-jazz, or catered to the exotica craze, or any of that, you are invited to have all of your preconceptions, tepid arguments, and false impressions hopelessly torn to shreds by the CD debut of one of the great live jazz albums of the 1960s. At Carnegie Hall is a date that showcases all of the finest elements of the storied Brubeck Quartet that featured, alongside Brubeck’s piano, alto innovator Paul Desmond, bassist Eugene Wright, and Joe Morello on drums. First the rhythm section: On this February night in 1963 — either the 21 or 22nd depending on which side of the cover you believe — W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues” was given a knotty rhythmic workout it had never seen on Basin or Bourbon Street. Time signatures moved and shifted all over the tune for 12 minutes as Brubeck and Desmond exchanged cross-contrapuntal solos and melodic inventions back and forth. Movement and plenty of it was the identity this old nugget took on, with Brubeck taking Wright’s cue and moving the blues into unheard of harmonic spaces and intervals. At one point, with 16/4 time, forcing itself onto the front line, Desmond makes his move quickly with one scalular interval to the top of the meter and stops……Learn More

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