Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dave Brubeck 1920-2012: Jazz Impressions of New York


Renown jazz pianist Dave Brubeck died this morning, just a day before his 92nd birthday.

The fourth entry in his 'Jazz Impressions' series, recorded in 1964, featured music evoking the 'urbane personality' of New York City. The recording also featured his well-known quartet line-up, including Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright and Joe Morello. From that album, here's a piece titled '"Autumn In Washington Square":


 


Oddly, from the same album, the Brubeck Quartet also recorded a song for a short-lived television show called Mr. Broadway, a star-filled drama with such illustrious guest stars as Liza Minnelli, Lauren Bacall, Larry Hagman, Tuesday Weld, Tina Louise and many more. Just picture those stars rushing around New York as you listen to this, a bit more in the snappy spirit of their iconic "Take Five":

 

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