The Dave Brubeck Quartet - “Take Five (Live)”
from Time Out: 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition
We’re going to wrap up International Jazz Day with jazz in its best form: in front of a crowd. Everything from a small club date (the tinkling of glasses, the murmur of voices) to a large festival crowd (yelling, whistling, whooping) can add something to even the most perfect of performances. And it gives the musicians something else to feed off.
I love this edition of Time Out so much and it’s more because of the second disc. Oh, of course, the main album is very nice; it would have to be to be worth a 50th anniversary Legacy Edition, wouldn’t it? And I love “Strange Meadow Lark,” and the original “Take Five” is one of jazz’s most enduring recordings.
The second disc, though! All eight tracks are taken from various Newport Jazz Festivals (I think all in the early sixties). A marvelous mix of standards and DBQ compositions, to wit:
- St. Louis Blues
- Waltz Limp
- Since Love Had Its Way
- Koto Song
- Pennies from Heaven
- You Go to My Head
- Blue Rondo à la Turk
- Take Five
Everyone is on it here, and if you are going to own Time Out, this is the version you should choose. I highly recommend it.
I hope you got some jazz in those ears today, whether you were at a performance or you had to hum it to yourself quietly in the elevator at work. And I hope you liked the selections I put up today and throughout April. (You can go look through it here if you missed it.) As far as I’m concerned, every day is International Jazz Day. Keep on swingin’.