Dave Brubeck

The Best of the Dave Brubeck Quartet: 1979-2004

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Dave Brubeck is generally considered one of the jazz giants of the 1950s and '60s, but his prolific output and performances from the '70s through the 2000s are seldom discussed. This is a shame, since Brubeck was playing with the same remarkable level of invention and skill at the turn of the century as he did on 1959's classic TIME OUT. This two-disc compilation skims the cream from the pianist and composer's latter-day discography, reaching back to the late '70s and continuing through 2004. Brubeck always surrounds himself with fine players, and his vigor with the ivories still astonishes, transforming even well-worn chestnuts like "St. Louis Blues," "I Got Rhythm," and Charlie Parker's "Cherokee" into exercises in bop elegance.

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