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QSF Plays Brubeck

Album Summary

>Brubeck, Dave : Three to Get Ready, for jazz ensemble
>Brubeck, Dave : Strange Meadowlark
>Brubeck, Dave : The Golden Horn
>Brubeck, Dave : The Duke
>Desmond, Paul : Take Five
>Brubeck, Dave : Kathy's Waltz
>Brubeck, Dave : Blue Rondo à la Turk
>Brubeck, Dave : Bluette
>Brubeck, Dave : Unsquare dance
>Brubeck, Dave : It's a Raggy Waltz
>Brubeck, Dave : Forty Days
>Brubeck, Dave : What Child is This?
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Notes & Reviews:

Jeremy Cohen, first violin of the Quartet San Francisco says, "Dave Brubeck's music conveys an innocent joy and a tunefulness that renews me every time I hear it...It's an honor to have this music in our lives and to express ourselves through it. What a gift."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (07/31/2009-08/03/2009).

String quartets like Quartet San Francisco that play jazz compositions are challenging to label stylistically, as they are often putting their own stamp on the music, even if things seem tightly arranged. This CD focuses mostly on the works of jazz pianist/composer Dave Brubeck, including five of the seven songs from his best-selling album Time Out, though a few of the pieces have rarely been recorded by others. With Jeremy Cohen and Alisa Rose on violins, viola player Keith Lawrence, and cellist Michelle Djokic, they are similar in some ways to the Turtle Island String Quartet in their early years, though the QSF have remained in a jazz setting over time. Among the most intriguing tracks are the tense, train-like interpretation of "The Golden Horn" (premiered by Brubeck on Jazz Impressions of Eurasia) and the mournful "Bluette," while cellist Matthew Brubeck (the pianist's youngest son) arranged the playful setting of "The Duke" for the quartet. The band masters the challenging "Blue Rondo a la Turk" and a wonderful, offbeat arrangement of Paul Desmond's "Take Five" that suggests a country hoedown at times. The CD concludes with a powerful pair of religious works, Brubeck's moving "Forty Days" and the centuries-old "What Child Is This?" This compelling release by Quartet San Francisco should appeal to chamber music and jazz fans alike. ~ Ken Dryden

REVIEWS:

Down Beat (p.73) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Best of all is Matt Brubeck's arrangement of 'The Duke,' which features gorgeous harmony and stirring counterpoint."

Down Beat (p.71) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "All of the familiar Brubeck themes are contained here, and the arrangements de-emphasize swing for an ensemble unity and synchronicity."



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Works Details

>Brubeck, Dave : Three to Get Ready, for jazz ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brubeck, Dave : Strange Meadowlark
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brubeck, Dave : The Golden Horn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brubeck, Dave : The Duke
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Desmond, Paul : Take Five
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brubeck, Dave : Kathy's Waltz
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brubeck, Dave : Blue Rondo à la Turk
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1950

>Brubeck, Dave : Bluette
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brubeck, Dave : Unsquare dance
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brubeck, Dave : It's a Raggy Waltz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brubeck, Dave : Forty Days
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brubeck, Dave : What Child is This?
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern