Top 102 Albums. No 86.
Jazz Goes to College. The Dave Brubeck Quartet
I am late with today's instalment and had an album in my head but when I read the news of Dave Brubeck's death I figured that it was time for this album to make an appearance. When I was younger jazz both attracted me and made me slightly uncomfortable. There is just so much of it. How could you establish a foothold on the lower reaches of the foothills? Well like everything in life all you can do is take small steps and hope that they are the first steps in an interesting journey.
My first steps were to buy an album of Louis Armstrong music form the twenties and this. I loved both and have since purchased quite a few more jazz albums. They are only a very small portion of my collection but an important part. I am not a theorist when it comes to music, nor a musician. I don't pretend to know when something is revolutionary or technically brilliant. I just try to listen without prejudice and follow my instincts. Brubeck I find less challenging than others, but still satisfying. I wonder of it is just that college is in the title but these pieces have always seemed thoughtful, slightly intellectual to me. I like to think of myself as thoughtful and slightly intellectual every now and then so this album has been played regularly ever since I bought it.
|Much prefer this earlier cover.|
Dave Brubeck R.I.P.