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Nightshift: Live at the Blue Note

Nightshift: Live at the Blue Note - Album Cover

Label: Telarc
Year: 1993
Released on LP: No
Released on CD: Yes


1. Yesterdays
2. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
3. Travelin' Blues
4. Thank You
5. You Go To My Head
6. Blues For Newport
7. Ain't Misbehavin'
8. Knives
9. River, Stay Away From My Door


Dave Brubeck (piano)
Bobby Militello (alto sax, tenor sax, flute)
Jack Six (bass)
Bill Smith (clarinet)
Chris Brubeck (bass trombone)
Randy Jones (drums)


From Concord Music Website - Copyright.

On NightShift, in the intimate setting of New York's Blue Note jazz club, Brubeck—with his illustrious team of musicians—showcases another side, performing a swinging session following the chart-topping successes of his pensive Late Night Brubeck, and reflective solo piano album, Just You, Just Me.

The American jazz legend swings in a session full of dynamic surprises as NightShift features Brubeck's fresh fashionings, rhythmic shifts, pithy emotion and resplendent technique.
Brubeck includes four originals in these nine soulfully swinging jazz standards, and masters the pieces along with his regular cohorts—reedman Bobby Militello, bassist Jack Six, drummer Randy Jones, clarinetist Bill Smith and trombonist Christ Brubeck.

NightShift features diverse selections from Brubeck’s vast repertoire, including highlights like “Knives,” an exciting textural piece from his large-scale orchestral composition, and an inventive interpretation of Jerome Kern’s “Yesterdays.” Brubeck brings his talent and technique to the table on this must-have CD.

All Music Guide - Copyright

This is a particularly well-balanced set with pianist Dave Brubeck (then 73) in typically creative form. Although Brubeck (who is accompanied throughout by bassist Jack Six and drummer Randy Jones) is actually the real star of every selection (coming up with continually inventive ideas whether in ensembles, behind soloists or during his own solos), he is joined by three of his favorite horn players on some of the numbers.

Bobby Militello shows a great deal of versatility with some blazing alto on "Yesterdays," melodic playing in a Paul Desmond vein on "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," soulful tenor on "Travelin' Blues" and plenty of intensity on "Knives." Clarinetist Bill Smith is well featured on "You Go to My Head" and the boisterous bass trombone of Chris Burbeck makes several welcome appearances.

This recommended set has more than its share of variety and surprising moments.

Scott Yanow
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