Dave Brubeck

The Art of Dave Brubeck: The Fantasy Years

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Although taken from the Fantasy catalog, this two-LP set (which reissues Jazz at Oberlin and Jazz at College of Pacific) actually came out on Atlantic; the music has since been reissued on CD. Pianist Dave Brubeck and altoist Paul Desmond rarely sounded more adventurous together. On "These Foolish Things," Brubeck's percussive solo almost sounds like Cecil Taylor (who would not emerge for another two years) and the interplay between the two principals on "Perdido" is nearly miraculous. This is essential music in one form or another for every jazz collection.

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