Watch the Dave Brubeck Quartet on the Classic Jazz 625 Show, 1964

The great jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, who died in Decem­ber only a day short of his 92nd birth­day, pulled off a rare feat: He made music that was at once exper­i­men­tal and high­ly pop­u­lar. His quar­tet’s 1959 album Time Out, with its uncon­ven­tion­al time sig­na­tures and unique blend­ing of exot­ic and clas­si­cal influ­ences, is a land­mark in jazz his­to­ry.

On June 9, 1964 the Dave Brubeck Quar­tet played a pair of half-hour sets for the Jazz 625 show in Lon­don. We’re hap­py to bring you one of those two episodes in its com­plete form. It’s an excel­lent show, fea­tur­ing per­for­mances of five num­bers, famous and obscure, and a dis­cus­sion between Brubeck and host Steve Race about Brubeck­’s com­pos­ing meth­ods. The quar­tet is made up of Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on alto sax­o­phone, Eugene Wright on bass, and Joe Morel­lo on drums. Here’s the set list:

  1. Dan­ny’s Lon­don Blues (D. Brubeck)
  2. Dia­logues for Jazz Com­bo & Orches­tra, 2nd Move­ment (H. Brubeck)
  3. The Wright Groove (E. Wright)
  4. Take Five (P. Desmond)
  5. Sounds of the Loop (D. Brubeck)

Relat­ed Con­tent:

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    • Mike Springer says:

      Yes of course, Dan. It was essen­tial­ly a typo. (I might just as eas­i­ly have said “Joe Desmond on alto sax.”) Thank you for call­ing the error to my atten­tion. It’s fixed.

  • Dan McDonald says:

    Sor­ry for shout­ing. Joe Morel­lo is one of my per­cus­sion heroes. And yes, I trans­pose names too. :)


  • Mike Springer says:

    No prob­lem, Dan. I appre­ci­ate your note because oth­er­wise I might nev­er have real­ized the error. And I agree–Joe Morel­lo was a fan­tas­tic drum­mer.

  • Pete Poulos says:

    Dave Brubeck was a good man indeed, he would not com­pro­mise and turned down 100’s of thou­sands of dol­lars, seri­ous mon­ey back then because he would not replace Eugene Wright the Bass Play­er with a White Bass Play­er for any sched­uled con­certs in the South in the 1950’s and ear­ly 1960’s. Besides being a true Gen­tle­man, he was a cre­ative force that only comes around once in a life­time, all Four of these men were the best and very cre­ative!

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