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The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Jazz Goes To College | 2015 Reissue

Columbia / Analog Spark

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“The college tour, in which the group crossed the country visiting major universities and junior colleges, was conceived by Brubeck's wife Lola as a way to introduce jazz to a new audience. Brubeck described encountering resistance at the colleges, some of which were reluctant to allow him to perform, but found following initial forays that the quartet was in much demand. As the quartet travelled across the country, he told the Jazz Education Journal, they would play as many as 90 colleges in a four-month period.” – Wiki

“Dave Brubeck (piano) began his Columbia Records association on a second album of material that his quartet had cut during its spring of 1954 tour of North American college campuses, Paul and Dave's Jazz Interwoven (1954) being the first. Joining Brubeck are Paul Desmond (alto sax), Bob Bates (bass), and Joe Dodge (drums), whose support of Brubeck is uniformly flawless, ultimately producing what many consider as the most memorable music in the artist's cannon. "Balcony Rock" commences the platter from sides documented at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The heavily improvised tune is formed on an eight-bar blues as Desmond steers the combo via his inspired and lyrical leads…

… The refined and stately reading of "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" reaches far beyond the blues intimated by the sense of forlorn in Brubeck's contributions, thanks to the simple if not austere arrangement. The converse can be said regarding the striking energy of "I Want to Be Happy" as the band leans in hard with a purpose and finesse that can be eloquently summed up in the final phrase as all four members seemingly draw the song to a dynamic and dramatic conclusion. Indeed the genre gets schooled on Jazz Goes to College, a (dare say) perfect representation of the Dave Brubeck Quartet's pre-Time Out (1959) antics in the preferable concert performance setting.” - AllMusic



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The Dave Brubeck Quartet


Jazz Goes To College


Columbia ‎| Analog Spark


Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition, Remastered, Mono, 180g



Release Date:

This reissue: 2015 | Original - 1954




Bop, Cool Jazz

Catalog No:

CL 566