Authored by Gus Skinas for SACD on the SONOMA System!
Analogue Productions presents the definitive Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on Hybrid Stereo SACD
SACD booklet includes rare photos from the Columbia Studios recording session, as well as an additional liner written by pianist Brubeck himself.
Virtually all serious and even casual music lovers ought to be familiar with, or at least are likely to have heard The Dave Brubeck Quartet, even without realizing it — for the quartet's best-known hit "Take Five" has graced the soundtracks of multiple films, including "Mighty Aphrodite," "Pleasantville" and "Constantine."
Including the monster hit "Take Five," the Brubeck Quartet's Time Out is a jazz and audiophile classic. Every collection needs a copy. And now, Analogue Productions brings you the definitive copy, on Hybrid SACD.
Why definitive? The Quartet's signature sound paired with SACD technology goes together beautifully. Hybrid SACDs are designed to play in both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players. And the accompanying booklet is definitive in its own right, giving listeners a glimpse inside the creative process via a liner written by Dave Brubeck and a note from "Take Five," composer and the quartet's alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond.
Time Out's booklet also features fantastic photos shot during the recording session at Columbia's famous 30th Street Studios (supplied by Sony).
Time Out was an experiment by the Quartet in odd rhythms, and some of the other melodies have had a surprising and diverse history. "Three To Get Ready" was a hit in France as "Jazz et Java" sung by Claude Nougaro, who also had a hit with "A Bout de Scouffle" (Brubeck's "Blue Rondo A La Turk"). Also, "Kathy's Waltz" (named after Brubeck's daughter but spelled with a "K" instead of "C" as is his daughter's name) has been recorded and performed by symphony orchestras.
The record label's sales executives didn't want a painting on the cover when Time Out debuted in 1959 on Columbia Records, Brubeck told an interviewer. An entire album of originals? That wouldn't work either, he was told. Some standards and some show tunes were needed in the mix. Fortunately, Brubeck ignored the conventional wisdom and Time Out became the original classic we know it as today. Brubeck became proof that creative jazz and popular success can go together.
The album was intended as an experiment using musical styles Brubeck discovered abroad while on a United States Department of State-sponsored tour of Eurasia. In Turkey, he observed a group of street musicians performing a traditional Turkish folk song that was played in 9/8 time, a rare meter for Western music.
Paul Desmond, who was Brubeck's alto saxophonist, wrote "Take Five," at Brubeck's urging to try and write a song in quintuple (5/4) time.
"I told Paul to put a melody over (drummer) Joe Morello's beat," Brubeck explained. As a jazz pianist, Brubeck became a household name in jazz in part due to Time Out's success. Desmond's cool-toned alto and quick wit fit in well with Brubeck's often heavy chording and experimental playing. Morello and bassist Gene Wright completed the group. The Quartet traveled and performed constantly around the world until breaking up in 1967 to pursue other musical ventures.
Time Out peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard pop albums chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. "Take Five" became a mainstream hit, reaching No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 5 on Billboard's Easy Listening survey, the precursor to today's Adult Contemporary charts. The song has been included in countless movies and television soundtracks and still receives significant radio play.
• Stereo SACD
• This Hybrid SACD is playable on ALL CD Players!
• Rare black & white photos from Columbia Studios recording sessions