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Live at the Blue Note, Chicago, March 1953

Live at the Blue Note, Chicago, March 1953 - CD cover

Label: Jazz Band
Year: 1953
Released on LP: No
Released on CD: Yes


2.Sue Loves Mabel
3.Tutti Frutti
4.Apple Honey

Dave Brubeck Quartet

6.Too Marvelous for Words
7.Spring Is Here
8.How High the Moon [Incomplete Take]
11.At a Perfume Counter
13.The Way You Look Tonight

15.Not Really the Blues
16.Live at Five
18.Chubby's Blues
19.They Went That-A-Way
20.Lost Weekend
21.Get Happy


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


1. Recorded either 4th or 11th March 1953 at Blue Note Jazz Club, Chicago and transmitted as a radio broadcast.

2. Dave Brubeck Quartet are on tracks 5-13.

3. Paul Desmond is not on track 7.


All Music Guide Review copyright

This compilation combines NBC radio broadcasts from March 1953 by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and the Jackson-Harris Herd. The sound quality is decent for air checks of this era, though the opportunity to hear a relatively early live recording by Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond (when they were still almost exclusively performing standards) is far more enjoyable than the somewhat tiresome antics by bassist Chubby Jackson during the Herd's two sets, especially during a dull Slim Gaillard novelty song like "Tutti Frutti."
Brubeck and Desmond are accompanied by bassist Ron Crotty and drummer Lloyd Davis. Desmond sits out a slightly exotic "Spring Is Here" (a relatively rare chance to hear bongos in a Brubeck-led group), while "At a Perfume Counter" (previously recorded by Brubeck and Desmond both in the studio and live for Fantasy) is an understated swinger. Several mid-'40s tracks featuring Chubby Jackson and Bill Harris with the Woody Herman Orchestra augment the disc, though the sonic quality of these older transcriptions leaves a lot to be desired, none of the four tracks prove to be memorable, and the vocal feature for Herman, "Chubby's Blues," is little more than a throwaway. Suffice to say that this CD will likely appeal mostly to those who collect Dave Brubeck or the works by Woody Herman alumni on an extensive basis.

Ken Dryden

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