2. Koto Song
3. Black And Blue
4. Softly, William, Softly
5. Take Five
1. Recorded live at "Concord Jazz Festival", "Concord Pavilion", CA, August 8, 1982.
2. Released by Concord in SACD audiophile format, SACD 1025-6.
3. Also released by Concord in limited edition audiophile LP, a180g superior quality pressing, half speed mastered from the original analog tape.
Concord Music Group
When Dave Brubeck started recording for Concord Jazz in 1979, it was a homecoming for the legendary pianist—literally. Brubeck was born and raised in the little Northern California town of Concord, and his father grazed cattle in the hills around what would one day be the home of the Concord Pavilion (an impressive amphitheater that Concord Jazz founder Carl Jefferson had successfully lobbied the city of Concord to build).
With the classic Concord On A Summer Night, Dave returned home once again in the summer of 1982, taking the stage at the Concord Pavilion, and mesmerizing an enthralled audience with his one-of-a-kind piano pyrotechnics. (As you’ll hear, even the crickets in the hillside were inspired to join in the music-making). From the first note of “Benjamin” to the final resounding chord of the Brubeck signature “Take Five,” we invite you to experience this magical summer night.
All Music Guide – Review – copyright
In 1982 pianist Dave Brubeck welcomed clarinetist Bill Smith (who he had played with back in his octet days in the late '40s) as a permanent member of his Quartet along with drummer Randy Jones and Chris Brubeck on electric bass and occasional bass trombone. This album features the new Quartet at the Concord Jazz Festival playing what would become their typical mixture of songs: three Brubeck compositions ("Benjamin," "Koto Song" and "Softly, William, Softly"), a standard ("Black and Blue") and yet another remake of "Take Five." These are fine performances.
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