+ Paul Desmond, Bob Bates, Norman Bates, Joe Morello u.a.
AVID Jazz here presents three classic Dave Brubeck albums, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD.
Jazz Red Hot & Cool, Newport 1958, and Jazz Goes To Junior College plus an extra bonus track from the First Timex All Star Jazz Festival. the classic St. Louis Blues!. We begin with Jazz Red Hot & Cool where the great man is accompanied as ever by Paul Desmond on alto alongside Joe Dodge on drums and Bob Bates on bass. Here we find the fully formed quartet with all the elements of the Brubeck style firmly in place. At Newport 1958 we find Brubeck paying tribute to the legendary composer and bandleader Duke Ellington with a programme of tunes either written by or associated with the Duke. Here once again he is joined by Desmond but with Joe Morello on drums and Joe Benjamin on bass. Finally we hear Brubeck breaking new ground as he takes his jazz improvisations onto the college circuit for the first time accompanied again by Desmond and Morello but with Norman Bates taking over on bass. With Jazz Goes To Junior College Brubeck met the college audience on their own ground where previously they had only been allowed to hear classical concerts. Of course, as we now know, this innovation was a resounding success opening the door to all kinds of music being performed at colleges and universities. We conclude with our bonus track (slipped in on CD1 for timing considerations), St. Louis Blues from The First Timex All-Star Jazz Festival featuring the same line up as on Jazz Red Hot And Cool
All three albums have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest sound quality ever!