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Label: Telarc Jazz
Year: 1998
Released on LP: No
Released on CD: Yes


Take The ”A” Train
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be


Dave Brubeck (piano)
Bobby Militello (alto sax)
Randy Jones (drums)
Alec Dankworth (bass)


“Take The”A” Train” does not appear on any other recording. It was recorded on 10th November 1998 at “The Royal Festival Hall”, London. Other tracks from this concert were released on:

Telarc Jazz - “Double Live From The USA And UK”.
Telarc Jazz - “The 40th Anniversary Tour Of The UK”.

“Things Ain’t What They Used To Be” is a solo by Dave Brubeck and was recorded at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales on 11th November 1998. It was also released on the Telarc release – “Dave Brubeck - One Alone”


All Music Guide – CD - Review – copyright

Telarc Jazz's contribution to the Ellington centenary was this engaging compilation, all material from the '90s back catalog, with two notable exceptions. As bait for the complete Dave Brubeck collector, they've thrown in a pair of unreleased tracks left over from the Brubeck Quartet's tour of the U.K. in November 1998: a lengthy exploration of "Take The 'A' Train" with a hot solo by tenor Bobby Militello and some polytonal romping by Brubeck and a relaxed solo piano version of Mercer Ellington's "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." Two live tracks with Mel Tormé at his most ingratiating bracket the album ("I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," "It Don't Mean a Thing"), and right in the center is a spiffy Tormé turn at the drums on "Rockin' in Rhythm." The remainder of the tracks are given over to such reliable mainstream stalwarts as Oscar Peterson, the Ray Brown Trio, Jim Hall, Ahmad Jamal, the trio of André Previn, Joe Pass, and Brown and Bobby Short.

Richard S. Ginell

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