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Moscow Night

Moscow Night - Album Cover

Label: Concord Jazz
Year: 1987
Released on LP: Yes
Released on CD: Yes


1. Three to Get Ready
2. Theme for June
3. Give Me a Hit
4. Unsquare Dance
5. St. Louis Blues
6. Take Five


Dave Brubeck (piano)
Bill Smith (clarinet)
Chris Brubeck (electric bass)
Randy Jones (drums)


1. Recorded at Rossiya Concert Hall, Moscow 30 March 1987.

2. In agreement with Dave Brubeck, the concert was also recorded by Russian state owned label Melodia and released on 2 LP's; they include tracks - Theme for June, Give Me a Hit, Unsquare Dance and Take Five from the Concord release plus a further six tunes.

The Melodiya release has never been issued on CD.

3. It was also released on a bootleg CD Bohème “Dave Brubeck In Moscow”.

Thus this concert from the Rossiya Concert Hall, Moscow in March 1987 has been released on three different sources;

• Concord Jazz “Moscow Night”. (C)
• Melodiya “Dave Brubeck In Moscow Volume 1 & 2”. (M)
• Bohème “”Dave Brubeck In Moscow”. (B)

The tracks from the entire concert are listed below and identified to each release (M – Melodiya / C – Concord / B – Bohème)

Three To Get Ready, C
Theme For June, C/M/B
Give Me A Hit, C/M
Unsquare Dance ,C/M/B
St Louis Blue,s C
Take Five, C/M/B
These Foolish Thing,s M/B
Pange Lingua March, M/B
Koto Song, M/B
Someday My Prince, M/B
Blues For Newport, M/B
King For A Day, M/B


All Music Guide – Review – copyright

In 1987 Brubeck, after decades of trying, finally had an opportunity to perform with his Quartet in the Soviet Union. The enthusiastic crowd (many of whom had grown up on Brubeck's music) clearly inspired the musicians which included clarinetist Bill Smith, electric bassist Chris Brubeck and drummer Randy Jones. Together they perform exciting versions of a variety of the leader's tunes plus Howard Brubeck's "Theme for June," "St. Louis Blues" and of course "Take Five."

Scott Yanow

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Concord Music Group - Copyright

What made this Moscow night unique? Perhaps it was the realization that the band was, after thirty years of negotiations, cancellations and frustrations, actually on tour in the Soviet Union. This concert was the last of five in Moscow, each one performed to a packed house of enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans.

Whatever the reason, the fact is that this recording is documentation of one of the most remarkable nights in the history of the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

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