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Label: Fantasy
Year: 1953
Released on LP: Yes
Released on CD: Yes


1. I'll Never Smile Again (Until I Smile at You)
2. Let's Fall in Love
3. Stardust
4. All The Things You Are
5. Why Do I Love You?
6. Too Marvelous for Words


Dave Brubeck (piano)
Paul Desmond (alto sax)
Lloyd Davis (drums)
Ron Crotty (bass)


1. This album was never released by Fantasy on CD; the reason it has been suggested is that Dave Brubeck was unhappy with the recording.

2. It was released by Fresh Sound Records, a European label who availed of the European 50 year copyright laws.

3. Recorded live in June 1953.


All Music Guide Review copyright

One of the rarest of all early Dave Brubeck recordings, this Fantasy LP features pianist Brubeck, altoist Paul Desmond, bassist Ron Crotty and drummer Lloyd Davis in top form on six standards. Although Brubeck would record most of this material again (including "Let's Fall in Love," "Stardust" and "All the Things You Are"), these versions are often quite a bit different than the more familiar recordings. There was plenty of magical interplay to be heard during that era between Brubeck and Desmond, making this set worth an extensive search.

Scott Yanow

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