For his seventh Telarc album, IN THEIR OWN SWEET WAY, pianist Dave Brubeck again reinvents himself with fresh verve. A special session featuring the legendary musician with his four sons, the ten-tune album originated during a January 1994 winter storm while the entire Brubeck family had gathered in nearby Connecticut for the holidays and the New York studio unexpectedly became available.
Dave and sons Darius (piano), Chris (bass trombone), Dan (drums), and Matthew (cello) united in genuine family spirit to record six beautifully interpreted, original tunes in the New York studio and the remaining four at Russian Hall Recording in San Francisco on September 7-8, 1995.
Dave has performed and recorded with Darius, Chris and Dan in concert since the 1970s and their "Two Generations of Brubeck" tour and album, and frequently records with Chris. However, IN THEIR OWN SWEET WAY captures for the first time, all of the Brubeck musicians with their father, including classically-trained cellist, Matthew, the youngest son.
IN THEIR OWN SWEET WAY highlights ten diverse selections performed in various Brubeck congregations. Titled after Brubeck's most-recorded composition and the leading tune, "In Your Own Sweet Way," the album includes the jaunty swinger, "Bifocal Blues" (written originally as "Bitonal Blues," then renamed to poke fun at 77-year old dad). With the sensitively sweet ballad ("We Will All Remember Paul") that features Chris's fine trombone solo, Dave honors his late saxophonist, Paul Desmond--a great musician who was "uncle" to the Brubeck kids. Dave honors familial links with songs dedicated to his sons and the Brubeck crew celebrates Ella Fitzgerald with "My One Bad Habit." A jubilant New Orleans-styled rouser, "Sweet Georgia Brown," caps off the album.
H. Sterner in stereoplay 8 / 97: "Zusammen mit seinen
Söhnen Chris, Dan, Darius und Matthew entführt der
76jährige Pianist Dave Brubeck in ein Reich der Har-
monie. Obwohl die einzelnen Musiker in Cool Jazz,
Fusion und Klassik zu Hause sind, finden sie hier
eine gemeinsame, von Egoismen freie Sprache."