Dave Brubeck / The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Kathy's Waltz

Composed by Dave Brubeck

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“Kathy’s Waltz” was part of a tradition for composer Dave Brubeck, naming songs in honor of his family, though Columbia botched the spelling of his daughter Cathy’s name on Time Out. The piece begins in four, switching to waltz time as alto saxophonist Paul Desmond makes his entrance. Joe Morello’s brushwork and Eugene Wright’s spacious single beat to the bar bass line provide the foundation for Brubeck’s jaunty piano solo. His older brother Howard Brubeck scored the piece for the quartet with symphony orchestra on the album Brandenburg Gate Revisited. Guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima, percussionist Mongo Santamaria and pianist David Benoit are among the artists who have also recorded “Kathy’s Waltz.”

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Time Out 1959 Analogue Productions
Brandenburg Gate: Revisited 1963 Legacy 3:02
Take Five [German Box Set] 2002 Sony Music Distribution 3:02
Essential Jazz [Sony] 2002 Sony Music Distribution 4:49
For All Time 2004 Legacy 4:50
Time Out/Time In [Bonus Tracks] 2008 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 4:50
Original Album Classics: Dave Brubeck 2010 Columbia 3:01
Original Album Classics 2010 Columbia 4:50
Take Five [Not Now] 2011 Not Now Music / Not Now UK
The Complete Studio Albums Collection 1955-1966 2012 Sony Music 3:01
No Image 2013 Golden Sky Records 4:47
No Image 2013 Dwk Records 4:56
The Columbia Years Not Now Music / Not Now UK
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