Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live, 1962

"This is a long-lost piece of jazz mythology, wrongly labelled in the vaults and only unearthed by Columbia last winter. It was recorded live at a White House concert by Brubeck and Bennett in August 1962, when the mainstream impact of Take Five was still fresh, and Bennett had just released his famous signature song I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Bennett jams with Brubeck on four unrehearsed songs, while five others feature the singer with his own trio, and the first half-hour showcases the Brubeck quartet, notably on a thrillingly fast Take Five. ... Brubeck's chord-blasting drive has an infectious relish on a flying There Will Never Be Another You, and Bennett and the Brubeck rhythm section elegantly shuffle together on That Old Black Magic. The four Brubeck Quartet tracks are the real treasures, though, with the leader's rippling Chopin diversions on Thank You (Dziekuje) and the Latin-inflected 5/4-time Castilian Blues showing just why this group took the jazz world by storm" (John Fordham, "Review," Guardian, 5/30/13).

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