Dave Brubeck, Take Five (1979)
It was only recently that I realised I owned a few more Dave Brubeck LPs than I perhaps though. And I’m not talking that many – half a dozen, maybe just under, slightly less. A small handful. A good amount – the perfect amount perhaps. But for a while there I thought I just had that one (obvious/standard) album. Turns out I’d buried a few in behind other records, also loaned a couple out to people. This compilation was actually one of the first Brubeck records I owned. Bought to replace a tape. The cassette tape-version of this album was in fact my introduction to Brubeck. Bought something called “Take Five” to be sure I’d hear Take Five. I was about 11 years old I reckon – and good lord that tune knocked me for six. Pretty much still does, you know; don’t ever get sick of it. Well, it would be hard to – it’s all there. All so close to perfect. And though I could never be some Brubeck disciple there were certainly a few highlights outside and away from just that one album. This compilation was a good start for me – it helped to keep looking, here and there, now and then, to pick up one or two others.
Sample Track: Blue Rondo a la Turk
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