Dave Brubeck

Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual: Dave Brubeck

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In spite of a career spanning over five decades, which includes numerous television appearances, this 1961 broadcast is one of only a handful commercially issued that features Dave Brubeck. Ralph Gleason produced the nationally syndicated TV series in the early '60s, serving as host and conducting a brief interview with Brubeck following a brisk if somewhat tame version of "Take Five." The 1961 videotape that served as source material for this VHS tape was in very good condition, so sound problems are relatively minor, except for some caused by the show's engineers, who were a little slow in adjusting levels at times. Brubeck is joined by his classic quartet: Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright, and Joe Morello. Also featured are "It's a Raggy Waltz," "Castillian Blues" (a nice feature for drummer Joe Morello), the rarely heard "Waltz Limp," and an abruptly truncated "Blue Rondo a la Turk" that fades suddenly as the program ends. This video is definitely of interest to fans of Dave Brubeck.