The Dave Brubeck Quartet / The Jackson-Harris Herd

Live at the Blue Note: Chicago, March 1953

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This compilation combines NBC radio broadcasts from March 1953 by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and the Jackson-Harris Herd. The sound quality is decent for air checks of this era, though the opportunity to hear a relatively early live recording by Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond (when they were still almost exclusively performing standards) is far more enjoyable than the somewhat tiresome antics by bassist Chubby Jackson during the Herd's two sets, especially during a dull Slim Gaillard novelty song like "Tutti Frutti." Brubeck and Desmond are accompanied by bassist Ron Crotty and drummer Lloyd Davis. Desmond sits out a slightly exotic "Spring Is Here" (a relatively rare chance to hear bongos in a Brubeck-led group), while "At a Perfume Counter" (previously recorded by Brubeck and Desmond both in the studio and live for Fantasy) is an understated swinger. Several mid-'40s tracks featuring Chubby Jackson and Bill Harris with the Woody Herman Orchestra augment the disc, though the sonic quality of these older transcriptions leaves a lot to be desired, none of the four tracks prove to be memorable, and the vocal feature for Herman, "Chubby's Blues," is little more than a throwaway. Suffice to say that this CD will likely appeal mostly to those who collect Dave Brubeck or the works by Woody Herman alumni on an extensive basis.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
0:53
2
6:45
3
3:21
4 2:34
5
0:39
6 4:05
7 2:20
8 3:07
9 0:45
10
0:34
11 5:07
12 5:04
13 4:40
14
0:38
15 5:03
16 2:28
17
0:44
18
feat: Woody Herman
4:42
19
feat: Woody Herman
3:58
20
feat: Woody Herman
2:22
21 1:57
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