Interview: Dave Brubeck (Part 3) - JazzWax

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February 03, 2010


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Ed Leimbacher

Another terrific interview going on here, and your canny questions elicit new or little-known stuff from Indomitable Dave. Loved that "I... I don't know" response and the 12-tone bass line. But isn't it ironic that 40 years of busy career, post-Paul, should nearly always take a backseat to the early days of lyrical-and-spiky Quartet and even-spikier Octet (which preceded Birth of the Cool, right?)... and what would the academics and critics be making of that Octet if the varied sheet music had survived? All those favoring Hard Bop tend to dismiss Brubeck and Co., but I keep going back. Can't only be nostalgia for my lost youth.

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