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Label: Columbia
Year: 1967
Released on LP: Yes
Released on CD: Yes


1. Introduction
2. Cielito Lindo
3. La Paloma Azul (The Blue Dove)
4. Sobre Las Olas (Over the Waves)
5. Besame Mucho
6. Nostalgia de Mexico
7. Poinciana
8. Alla en el Rancho Grande
9. Frenesi
10. Estrellita (Little Star)
11. La Bamba


Dave Brubeck (piano)
Paul Desmond (alto sax)
Joe Morello (drums)
Eugene Wright (bass)
Salvador "Rabito" Agueros (percussion)
Benjamin "Chamin" Correa (guitar)


1. Recorded live in May 1967 on three different dates at Puebla Jazz Festival, Puebla, Palace Of Fine Arts, Mexico City and National Auditorium, Mexico City.

2. Released as CD in mini LP format in Japan under the "Sony Master Sound" series - Sony Records SRCS 9527.

3. "Frenesi" was not included in the original LP release; it was included as an additional track when released on CD.


All About Jazz Review

Bravo Brubeck! is the quartet's collaboration with Mexican percussionist Salvador "Rabito" Agueros and guitarist Benjamin "Chamin" Correa in concert in Mexico City in 1967. Working out spontaneously on Latin standards, the musicians sound inspired and as familiar with one another as if they had rehearsed, which they had not.

Brubeck's 1998 notes say that he had heard but never before played some of the tunes. High points: The energy and humor Brubeck lavished on "Cielito Lindo," the anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better exchanges between Morello and Agueros in "La Bamba," and Desmond's lyricism on "La Paloma Azul," which subsequently became permanent on his tune list. "Frenesi," rescued from LP rejection, is a worthy addition.

Doug Ramsey

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One of the better Dave Brubeck LPs from the later period of the Quartet with altoist Paul Desmond, this set is unusual in that it only contains one Brubeck original. On such tunes as "Cielito Lindo," the beautiful "La Paloma," "Besame Mucho" and "Estrellita," the Quartet is augmented by guitarist Chamin Correa and percussionist Rabito Agueros. The results are melodic but swinging treatments of a variety of famous themes.
Scott Yanow

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