Dave Brubeck

Take Five [Viper's Nest]

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This compilation of concerts by two different editions of the Dave Brubeck Quartet has better-than-average sound for an unauthorized release, though the first four tracks sound suspiciously like they came from the same 1956 Newport Jazz Festival performance as Brubeck's LP At Newport. The inclusion of "The Lonesome Road" is a surprise to all but the most knowledgeable of the pianist's fans, who know that Brubeck has had a mental library of thousands of old songs for a long time. "Three to Get Ready" is mislabeled "Eleven Four," an early version of "Take Five" seems rather conservative, and the infallible Desmond actually falters in the opening chorus of "Blue Rondo a la Turk."

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