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Jazz Goes to Junior College

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Label: Columbia
Year: 1957
Released on LP: Yes
Released on CD: Yes


1. Bru's Blues
2. These Foolish Things
3. The Masquerade Is Over
4. One Moment Worth Years
5. St. Louis Blues


Dave Brubeck (piano)
Paul Desmond (alto sax)
Norman Bates (bass)
Joe Morello (drums)


1. Recorded live at two Junior Colleges, Fullerton & Long Beach, California.

2. Never released as a standard CD by Columbia in the US.

3. Released as A CD in mini LP format in Japan under the "Sony Master Sound" series - Sony Records SRCS 9523.

4. Released in Europe as a CD in 2011 by the “Essential Jazz Class" label. It includes as a bonus, two tracks - "Stardust" and "At A Perfume Counter" from the Fantasy 1951 release "Brubeck /Desmond", recorded at the University of California in Berkeley.


All Music Guide – Review – copyright

As a sort-of follow-up to Jazz Goes To College (which was actually recorded three years earlier) and the final album in his "college" series, pianist Dave Brubeck and his Quartet (with altoist Paul Desmond, bassist Norman Bates and drummer Joe Morello) recorded at Fullerton Junior College in 1957. The musicians were clearly inspired by the enthusiastic audience and they perform the definitive version of Brubeck's "One Moment Worth Years," dig into the lengthy "Bru's Blues" and play fresh versions of three standards that were in their repertoire throughout the 1950's: "These Foolish Things," "St. Louis Blues" and "The Masquerade Is Over."

Most Dave Brubeck records are well worth acquiring, particularly concert albums, so it seems odd that this frequently superb outing has not yet been reissued in full on CD.

Scott Yanow

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