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Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck Trio - Live from Vienna 1967

Review by Gary Hill

This is a rare, and unusual, recording from Dave Brubeck. They were touring as a quartet, but saxophonist Paul Desmond missed the plane to Vienna. So, the group Brubeck (piano), Joe Morello (drums) and Gene Wright (bass) played the show as a trio. That allowed Wright to get more of the limelight than usual. As a bass player, that's a great thing as far as I'm concerned. This show is positively on fire, and the record is such a wonderful thing to own. It's a rare treasure, indeed.

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Track by Track Review
Side A
St. Louis Blues

At almost nine-minutes, this is the second longest track here, and it really gives them plenty of space to jam. Piano leads things out here, and we're out into a killer high energy romp that brings plenty of blues into the jazz groove. I really dig the bass showcase part of the tune a lot. When the piano returns after the bass section, it feels even more intense. We get a drum workout after a short section of the full trio.

One Moment Worth Years
The piano gets us underway here, too. We're taken out into a rather shuffling sort of tune. This is a little longer than the opener was, making it the epic of the album. There is an extended bass solo on this number.
Side B
Swanee River

There is so much energy and style built into this jam. It's a fast romp that has some seriously inspired work from all three musicians.

La Paloma Azul
A mellower, and expressive piano arrangement starts things here. That instrument holds thing by itself for a while. When other instruments join, it's in a fairly limited capacity at first. This is a ballad. What it loses in intensity, it makes up for with added emotion. This turns more playful further down the road.
Someday My Prince Will Come
This has more energy and a killer groove to it. There is some smoking hot piano work on this thing.
Take the A Train
Packed full of energy and groove. this is another standout tune. It's such an inspired performance, and just a lot of fun. The drumming gets seriously on fire at times, too. This is clearly the apex of the show for me. What a way to end things.

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