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The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out

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Dave Brubeck, pioneer already in so many other fields, is really the first to explore the uncharted seas of compound time, Dave has gone further than others, finding still more exotic time signatures, and even laying one rhythm in counterpoint over another. Time Out is a first experiment with time, which may well come to be regarded as more than an arrow pointing to the future. Something great has been attempted….and achieved. The very first arrow has found its mark.

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Time Out helped launch a series of Time records, which, for awhile, became a minor fad in jazz, and had a number of musicians, mainly drummers, demonstrating adroitly time signatures. Not surprisingly, the record that ignited the fad, Time Out, was one of the most successful. Its program features six solid Dave Brubeck originals and the classic Paul Desmond original, “Take Five”. If you love Brubeck-Desmond-Morello and Wright issue, you’ll appreciate hearing this version.

AllMusic Review by Steve Huey
Dave Brubeck’s defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time. It was a risky move — Brubeck’s record company wasn’t keen on releasing such an arty project, and many critics initially roasted him for tampering with jazz’s rhythmic foundation. But for once, public taste was more advanced than that of the critics. Buoyed by a hit single in altoist Paul Desmond’s ubiquitous “Take Five,” Time Out became an unexpectedly huge success, and still ranks as one of the most popular jazz albums ever. That’s a testament to Brubeck and Desmond’s abilities as composers, because Time Out is full of challenges both subtle and overt — it’s just that they’re not jarring. Brubeck’s classic “Blue Rondo à la Turk” blends jazz with classical form and Turkish folk rhythms, while “Take Five,” despite its overexposure, really is a masterpiece; listen to how well Desmond’s solo phrasing fits the 5/4 meter, and how much Joe Morello’s drum solo bends time without getting lost. The other selections are richly melodic as well, and even when the meters are even, the group sets up shifting polyrhythmic counterpoints that nod to African and Eastern music. Some have come to disdain Time Out as it’s become increasingly synonymous with upscale coffeehouse ambience, but as someone once said of Shakespeare, it’s really very good in spite of the people who like it. It doesn’t just sound sophisticated — it really is sophisticated music, which lends itself to cerebral appreciation, yet never stops swinging. Countless other musicians built on its pioneering experiments, yet it’s amazingly accessible for all its advanced thinking, a rare feat in any art form. This belongs in even the most rudimentary jazz collection.

 

1. Blue Rondo A La Turk
2. Strange Meadow Lark
3. Take Five
1. Three To Get Ready
2. Kathy’s Waltz
3. Everybody’s Jumpin’
4. Pick Up Sticks

 

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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm