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Label: Columbia
Year: 1986
Released on LP: Yes
Released on CD: Yes


1. Maria
2. I Feel Pretty
3. Somewhere
4. A Quiet Girl
5. Tonight
6. What Is This Thing Called Love?
7. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
8. Night and Day
9. My Romance


This is a compilation of music from three Columbia releases:

Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein
Anything Goes
My Favorite Things


Dave Brubeck
Paul Desmond
Joe Morello
Eugene Wright


All Music Guide - Review copyright

For reasons that aren't clear, this is one of the more often overlooked albums in Dave Brubeck's Columbia Records catalog of the early '60s. It's certainly less well known than Stan Kenton's very different 1961 album of music from West Side Story, and also less unified, as it also reaches out to the score for Wonderful Town and back to 1930s Broadway. And none of that means that it isn't a lot of fun and well worth hearing, with "Maria" done as a swinging, uptempo ballad, while "Tonight" becomes a jumping-off point for all concerned into a jazz excursion across several decades' worth of tunes. By contrast, "What Is This Thing Called Love?" is done in a slow, pensively lyrical, lilting fashion. Paul Desmond's playing shines every bit as much as Brubeck's, and the whole record -- including the Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart material -- swings in some unexpected directions that still delight four-plus decades later.

Bruce Elder

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