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Dave Brubeck Quartet
Jazz at the College of the Pacific

Dave Brubeck Quartet
featuring: Paul Desmond with Ron Crotty and Joe Dodge

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Fantasy Records...3223...1953...33 1/3 LP...High Fidelity (Mono)

Side 1
1) All The Things You Are - Kern...9:20
2) Laura - Raskin - Mercer...3:07
3) Lullaby In Rhythm - Young - Petgers...7:23

Side 2
1) I'll Never Smile Again - Lowe...5:30
2) I Remember You - Mercer - Schertzinger...9:10
3) For All We Know - Lewis - Coots...5:40

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The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Jazz At College Of Pacific

The story of Dave Brubeck and jazz at the College of Pacific begins long before this meridian concert given on December 14, 1953. This was the third such concert Dave had played for the student body under the sponsorship of the C.O.P. chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national music fraternity

In 1950 Dave's newly acclaimed trio played a memorable concert to a packed house. And even before that, in 1948, the first concert of Dave's virtually unknown Jazz Workshop Octet, a trail blazing and radically experimental group, included compositions showing not only a mastery of the structure and content of jazz, but also the influence of E. E. Cummings and Dave's teacher, Darius Milhaud.

Dave's association with C.O.P. began as a student majoring in music in 1958. Apocryphal but vivid stories continue to be told of Dave's undergraduate years. It is said he lived in a gigantic cellar-called the "Bomb Shelter"-with three other musicians, a cook stove, a cold water pipe and a sump for a shower, and an old upright oakwood Starr piano. During this time Dave existed by playing piano at night and attending classes by day. One day, while dozing half asleep in a music theory class, he was called on to analyze a chordal sequence. He muttered to himself, "I can feel it in my fingers," and thereupon, to the amazement of the students and the professors, he played the sequence perfectly on the piano. During these busy days, however he did find time to write a charming five movement suite for piano to lola Whitlock, a drama student at C.O.P., who is now Mrs. David Brubeck. These early indications of vigor and talent (humor, too) are amply demonstrated by the finished musicianship heard on these records.

The concert began on a quiet note. The first tune, I´LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN, is keyed low in dynamic range and emotional content, and is played at a medium tempo. Paul starts, his choruses are melodic and straightforward. Dave plays in a single note style, develops into his block chord technique, but then backs off for a final chorus of delicate exchange with Paul. The ending shows the quartet´s humor, as Paul interpolates a phrase of the tune, TABOO, a minor third higher in tonality.

The second tune, in a bright tempo, is ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE. Paul begins again, with an unadorned melodic line. In the development, he uses swinging, contrapuntal-like fragments and eighth note running figures. Dave uses the lower portion of the piano to great effect in his first chorus. Then, as the excitement mounts, Dave develops his solo into the sound that is so unmistakably Brubeck: snarling, complex smashing chords, running passages in contrary motion, and-Dave singing to himself. As he finishes the solo, he halves the tempo a la Garner and cuts down the large chords to a two and three line figuration. Paul reenters in quasi-counterpoint and the thing winds up with a Rameau-like "classical" ending.

The third tune, FOR ALL WE KNOW, is played at a very slow tempo. Paul starts with a quiet, lyrical solo that demonstrates his singing tone quality. Dave backs his second chorus with a rocking type figure that swings behind Paul notes. Dave's choruses are among the most interesting on these sides. He begins with the use of almost saccharine thirds in the melody, and expands his ideas to full, harmonically complex chords, reminiscent of his early style. Paul reenters cautiously mid-chorus to end the tune, using a modal scale that is Oriental in flavor.

Dave told me he included the fourth tune, LAURA, "because it was so relaxed." This is typical of Dave´s mastery of understatement, as this is like no other LAURA you have ever heard Dave play. It is to me the high point of the concert: slow in tempo, florid in technique, yet played with great restraint (not "showy"), truly mature in pianistic, formal and musical control of the idiom. It is reminiscent of 19th century Romantic pianism, sounding as though Rachmaninoff might have written it. And the piano on which Dave plays, a Bosendorfer grand recently purchased by the C.O.P. Conservatory, shows Dave´s excellent artistry and tone to its best advantage. I feel this is his best effort on records to date.

The concert closed with the group playing LULLABY IN RHYTHM, their third encore. Paul and Dave play the first chorus in the typical block pattern, then Paul develops from a quiet beginning one of the integrated, restrained solos that seem to flow effortlessly from his horn. Dave enters with a quiet ostinato "F" in the melody, then gets into the cho rdal, barbaric rhythmical style so typical of his playing: parallel motion, open fifths in the bass, interpolating fragments of other tunes. Then Dave trades four-measure phrases with Joe Dodge, who brings the house down with his excellent solos. The last chorus by Dave and Paul uses their usual figure, with a nice variation by Paul on the last eight bars.

So ended another memorable concert by the Brubeck group at C.O.P. We of Phi Mu Alpha and the College of the Pacific are proud to have Dave as an alumnus, and to know Dave as an old friend. Dave can be sure that he and his groups have a faithful and eager audience at Pacific.

President, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
College of Pacific, Stockton, California

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Cover designed by ED COLKER
Drawing by ARNOLD ROTH

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