Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dave Brubeck Trio & Gerry Mulligan - Live at the Berlin Philharmonie

Don't get me wrong, I love jazz recorded in a studio, and my collection is full of that kind of stuff. But jazz is primarily a live art, and its in the interaction between musician and audience that it achieves its best. That is no more apparent anywhere than in this recording featuring Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan, two of the best (and, based on the amount of time Ken Burns spent on them in his recent documentary, most under-rated) of America's post-swing jazz musicians. There's much that could be said about all of performances on this CD, but the best thing I can do is just tell you to listen to them. Some of the best treats come from the tracks that were left off of the original vinyl release, such as "Blessed Are The Poor", "Out of Nowhere", and "Out of The Way of The People". Mulligan's powerful baritone sax and Brubeck's distinctive piano fit together perfectly, and the two musicians, encouraged by the auidence no doubt, bring out things in each others' performance that I don't think we'd hear from a studio recording. - by D. Mataconis, Amazon.com

Out of the 13 selections included on this double CD, six were originally released just in Europe, two ("Out of Nowhere" and "Mexican Jumping Bean") were never out before and only five songs were on the American LP. Considering how inspired the Dave Brubeck Quartet sounds, it is surprising that the music has been so obscure for so long. Baritonist Gerry Mulligan is particularly heated on the opening two numbers (the unreleased tracks), pianist Dave Brubeck really stretches himself (check him out on "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" where he progresses from stride to free), and bassist Jack Six and drummer Alan Dawson, in addition to their solo space, are quite alert and constantly pushing the lead voices. Not only are the musicians in top form but the audience is very enthusiastic, demanding three encores. The extensive liner notes by Geoffrey Smith are also a major plus. Highly recommended. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Dave Brubeck Trio & Gerry Mulligan
Album: Live at the Berlin Philharmonie
Year: 1970
Label: Sony/Columbia (1995)
Runtime: 116:31

Tracks:

CD 1
1.  Out Of Nowhere (Johnny Green/Edward Heyman) 10:59
2.  Mexican Jumping Bean (Gerry Mulligan) 9:24
3.  Blessed Are The Poor (The Sermon On The Mount) (Dave Brubeck) 9:04
4.  Things Ain't What They Used To Be (Duke Ellington/Mercer Ellington/Ted Persons) 14:55
5.  Out Of The Way Of The People (Dave Brubeck) 6:48

CD2
1.  The Duke (Dave Brubeck) 7:51
2.  New Orleans (Hoagy Carmichael) 16:01
3.  Indian Song (Dave Brubeck) 10:58
4.  Limehouse Blues (Philip Braham/Douglas Furber) 9:52
5.  St. Louis Blues (W.C. Handy) 6:43
6.  Basin Street Blues (Spencer Williams) 4:46
7.  Take Five (Paul Desmond) 4:00
8.  Lullaby de Mexico (Lullaby Of Mexico) (Gerry Mulligan) 5:02

Personnel:
Dave Brubeck (Piano)
Gerry Mulligan (Baritone Saxophone)
Alan Dawson (Drums)
Jack Six (Double Bass)

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