Dave Brubeck

Summer Song

Composed by Dave Brubeck

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Dave Brubeck's "Summer Song" first appeared as an instrumental on his LP Jazz Impressions of the U.S.A., but the best known version of this nostalgic ballad is the later one with lyrics added by Iola Brubeck and sung by Louis Armstrong for the Brubeck-Armstrong LP The Real Ambassadors. Armstrong did very well with the new material on this date, and any attempt in comparing later recordings by singers is pointless. Brubeck has continued to return to this lovely composition, occasionally recording it as an instrumental. Other admirable treatments of "Summer Song" include those by Jessica Williams, as well as Brubeck's old friends Marian McPartland and George Shearing.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Real Ambassadors 1962 Columbia/Legacy 2:32
Brandenburg Gate: Revisited 1963 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 4:14
Time Signatures: A Career Retrospective 1992 Columbia/Legacy 3:17
Someday My Prince Will Come 1993 Bcd
These Foolish Things [Drive] 1994 Drive (import) 5:07
Dave Brubeck Jazz Collection 1995 Sony Music Distribution
The Quartet 1996 Laserlight 5:08
One Alone 2000 Telarc Distribution 5:20
Take Five [German Box Set] 2002 Sony Music Distribution 4:14
Ballads: Music for You 2002 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 3:15
The Essential Dave Brubeck 2003 Columbia / Legacy 3:15
Indian Summer 2007 Telarc Distribution / Telarc 4:12
Collections 2008 Sony BMG 3:15
Classic Album Collection 2008 Golden Stars 6:05
Legacy of a Legend 2010 Columbia / Legacy 3:16
Playlist: The Very Best of Dave Brubeck 2011 Sony Music
The Music of America: Inventing Jazz 2011 Masterworks Jazz 3:16
Take Five: Portrait of a Legend Documents
The Real... Columbia
No Image Real Gone Jazz
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