Live from Carnegie Hall: The Dave Brubeck Quartet
To mark the recent passing of legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, this Live from Carnegie Hall recalls his 1963 appearance at the Hall.
Artist: The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Album: The Dave Brubeck Quartet at Carnegie Hall
Date Recorded: February 21, 1963
Fun Fact: In these pre-internet days, a newspaper strike in New York led to fears of a very low turnout for the concert. Those fears proved to be unfounded.
Having made his debut with his quartet in 1954 as part of an almost unimaginable lineup—Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, and the Stan Getz Quartet—and performing a dozen more times in the interim, Dave Brubeck was a Carnegie Hall regular by the time this concert was recorded in February 1963.
The lineup—Brubeck, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, drummer Joe Morello, and Eugene Wright on double bass—performed a set list that included Brubeck's own "Bossa Nova USA," "Castilian Drums," "Blue Rondo à la Turk," and the Paul Desmond–penned classic and Brubeck signature tune "Take Five."
Brubeck remained an enduring figure throughout the next four and a half decades at Carnegie Hall, appearing over 20 more times before his final concert here on June 21, 2006, for an 85th birthday celebration alongside his quartet, his big band, and comedian Bill Cosby.