Brubeck Time - The Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Paul Desmond
Another phenomenal reissue from Speakers Corner. Made from the original, analogue mastertapes, via pure analogue mastering chain. These guys, along with their pals Pure Pleasure know how to do it right!
I can't say enough about the quality of these reissues! When the needle drops into the groove, there is NO SOUND whatsoever until the music starts. No hiss, no pops, nothing but a black and silent...well, nothing! I look forward to opening and listening to each and every title I get from these guys because I know it's going to be so completely good.
This album was originally released in 1955 on the Columbia label (Columbia CL 622). The liner notes, which are printed on the back of the cover, consist of a series of correspondence between Columbia records and Mr. Brubeck, the bulk of which is Mr. Brubeck's response where he goes into great depth about the circumstances surrounding the recording of this album as well as munch insight into the individual tracks and arrangements. It's a great read, which adds additional context while listening to the album.
My favorite tracks are the first two on Side B: "Stompin' for Mili" and "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now", although everything on this album is worth listening to, as is often the case with anything I've ever heard by Brubeck.
If you're looking to add this to a collection, you may need to do a bit of searching, as it's my understanding this title has sold out. I was told I received one of the last copies the Pure Pleasure / Speakers Corner had available. You're best bet would be to check with some other large distributors like Elusive Disc or MusicDirect.... Happy hunting!