8 Songs, 40 Minutes

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4.5 out of 5
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jesster2 ,

Classic Early Brubeck Quartet

This album was recorded in late 1954, and was the group's first studio recording for Columbia, having released two live albums first. Besides showcasing Brubeck and Desmond's improvisational talents, it also displays Brubeck's arranging prowess, which was put to more frequent use in his groups of the early '50s. Best in this regard are the bright reharmonization (actually three key changes stuffed into one chorus of melody) on "Why Do I Love You?," and the contrapuntal/fugal arrangement of "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?."

This music was first reissued on an album called Interchanges '54, which combined these tracks with Side B of the following album, Jazz: Red Hot & Cool (also subsequently reissued, complete with bonus tracks). Get this album instead of Interchanges, because several faults in the remastered copy of "Why Do I Love You?" and "Stompin' for Mili" have been repaired and restored, and "Pennies From Heaven" and the above two tracks actually contain extra seconds of music not even found on the original LP.

Bebopking ,

Love Desmond's sound

Beautiful music made, it may not be Charlie Parker but it is orginal in style

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