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Swiss Radio Days Vol. 42 - Zurich 1964

Swiss Radio Days Vol. 42 - Zurich 1964 - CD Cover

Label: The Montreux Jazz Label
Year: 1964
Released on LP: No
Released on CD: Yes

Tracks

1. Audrey
2. Cable Car
3. You Go To My Head
4. Take Five
5. Koto Song
6. Pennies From Heaven
7. Shim Wha
8. Thank You

Personnel

Dave Brubeck (piano)
Paul Desmond (alto sax)
Joe Morello (drums)
Eugene Wright (bass)

Notes

For many years this concert has been included in private Dave Brubeck fan collections as a 28 September 1963 broadcast by SRG Radio (the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation) from the Casino-Konzerhalle in Basel, Switzerland.

It now appears as if the correct date is September 28th 1964 not 1964. Thus the year on the CD release is correct.

The collectors edition has an additional track
an incomplete "Take The "A" Train" ; also track7 , Shim Wa is over 5 minutes longer than the CD version.

Reviews

Amazon reviewer - Doug Anderson

WOW. The quality of this recording is FANTASTIC -- pristine stereo with full dynamic range, on par with the Quartet's Columbia live releases. This is a phenomenal live date by the "classic" Quartet lineup -- Brubeck, Desmond, Morello, and Wright.

It claims to be from a Swiss radio broadcast of a 1964 concert in Zurich, but it appears to be the original source recording for a radio broadcast-derived recording that has been swapped for years among Brubeck collectors as a 28 September 1963 broadcast by SRG Radio (the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation) from the Casino-Konzerhalle in Basel, Switzerland. The song lineup and order is identical, and the running times of each tune are similarly proportioned (though the lengths are somewhat different, given tape speed variances). Based on some quick comparisons I did of the start of several tracks, the performances sound like they're the same. But the quality difference is so stark that it's a completely new album.

I'm not sure which date/location information is correct but, whatever the provenance, it's a gorgeous recording that you're going to want to savor as part of your own collection. I'm already on my third play-through of the 10-and-a-half minute "You Go To My Head," which is achingly beautiful at points, and unlike any of their other recordings of that concert mainstay. Another highlight is an etherial performance of "Audrey" -- the only commercial-quality recording of that tune that I'm aware of by the Classic Quartet lineup -- which clocks in a full seven minutes longer than the original album version.

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