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Frederica von Stade Sings Brubeck - Across Your Dreams

Album Summary

>Brubeck, Dave : The Distance Between Us, song
>Brubeck, Dave : La Paloma Azul, song
>Brubeck, Dave : Strange Meadowlark
>Brubeck, Dave : Across Your Dreams, song
>Brubeck, Dave : Summer Song
>Brubeck, Dave : Polly
>Brubeck, Dave : Blue Rondo a la Turk
>Brubeck, Dave : Across Your Dreams
>Brubeck, Dave : Thinking of You Thinking of Me, song
>Brubeck, Dave : It's a Raggy Waltz
>Brubeck, Dave : Heart of Winter, song
>Brubeck, Dave : In the Grace of Your Room, song
>Brubeck, Chris : Lonely on Both Ends of the Road
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Notes & Reviews:

Selections recorded in Sandisfield, Massachusetts and at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California.

Personnel: Frederica Von Stade (vocals); Joel Brown (vocals, guitar); Bill Crofut (vocals, banjo); Chris Brubeck (vocals, trombone, piano, acoustic bass, electric bass); Jenny Elkus (vocals); Edward Aaron (cello); Mark Vinci (flute); Frank Brown (clarinet); Dan Brubeck (drums, percussion).

Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (1995-1996); Sandisfield, MA (1995-1996).

All too often when classical singers venture outside their world into jazz or other music, their tendency to sing with far too much projection can ruin the best efforts of the instrumentalists. Fortunately, Frederica von Stade, an old friend of folk singer Bill Crofut, fits in like a veteran member of the trio, which is co-led by Chris Brubeck and also features guitarist Joel Brown, covering music by either Dave or Chris Brubeck. Her adaptability is marvelous and she even suggested the hilarious Viennese Waltz interlude in the middle of Dave's "It's a Raggy Waltz" and adapts to the fun and wild polytonal "Polly" (music by Dave Brubeck, lyrics by Chris). She meshes beautifully with Crofut's warm folksy vocals on Chris's lovely ballad "Across Your Dreams" and Dave's timeless ballad "Summer Song." Chris Brubeck, who has a tough challenge making a name for himself by following his very famous father into a music career, contributed a number of outstanding originals as well as some imaginative lyrics for some of his father's tunes, wrote most of the arrangements, and also plays exquisite bass trombone, electric and acoustic bass, and piano (although he claims he won't get near a keyboard when his father is around!). The instrumentals (which were all deleted to make room for additional vocal tracks with von Stade when the CD was acquired and re-released under the same name by Telarc) include a stunning version of Dave's oriental blues "Koto Song," featuring Crofut's incredible solo introduction on banjo and some gorgeous piano by Chris; Chris remains on piano for Dave's complex "Tritonis" with guest Mark Vinci's haunting flute and brother Dan Brubeck's crisp percussion; and Dan nearly steals the show with his efforts on an instrumental version of "Blue Rondo a la Turk" (a new take with von Stade was recorded for the Telarc). Even if you own the later Telarc CD, this earlier CD is also highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden



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Works Details

>Brubeck, Dave : The Distance Between Us, song
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Double Bass); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drum); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Mark Vinci (Flute); Frederica Von Stade; Frederica Von Stade (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brubeck, Dave : La Paloma Azul, song
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Double Bass); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drum); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Mark Vinci (Flute); Frederica Von Stade; Frederica Von Stade (Voice)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: Spanish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brubeck, Dave : Strange Meadowlark
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Mark Vinci (Flute); Frederica Von Stade; Frederica Von Stade (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brubeck, Dave : Across Your Dreams, song
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Double Bass); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Jenny Elkus (Voice); Mark Vinci (Flute); Frederica Von Stade; Frederica Von Stade (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brubeck, Dave : Summer Song
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Double Bass); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Bill Crofut (Voice); Mark Vinci (Flute); Frederica Von Stade; Frederica Von Stade (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brubeck, Dave : Polly
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Double Bass); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drum); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Bill Crofut (Voice); Mark Vinci (Flute); Frederica Von Stade; Frederica Von Stade (Voice)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brubeck, Dave : Blue Rondo a la Turk
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Double Bass); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drum); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Bill Crofut (Voice); Mark Vinci (Flute); Frederica Von Stade; Frederica Von Stade (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1950
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brubeck, Dave : Across Your Dreams
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Mark Vinci (Flute); Frederica Von Stade; Frederica Von Stade (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brubeck, Dave : Thinking of You Thinking of Me, song
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Double Bass); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Mark Vinci (Flute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brubeck, Dave : It's a Raggy Waltz
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Bill Crofut (Voice); Mark Vinci (Flute); Frederica Von Stade; Frederica Von Stade (Voice)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brubeck, Dave : Heart of Winter, song
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Mark Vinci (Flute); Frederica Von Stade; Frederica Von Stade (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brubeck, Dave : In the Grace of Your Room, song
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Mark Vinci (Flute); Frederica Von Stade; Frederica Von Stade (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brubeck, Chris : Lonely on Both Ends of the Road
  • Performers: Edward Arron (Cello); Frank Brown (Clarinet); Joel Brown (Guitar); Chris Brubeck (Piano); Chris Brubeck (Trombone); Dan Brubeck (Drums); Dan Brubeck (Percussion); Bill Crofut (Banjo); Mark Vinci (Flute); Frederica Von Stade; Frederica Von Stade (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio