Jazz At Oberlin [Original Jazz Classics Remasters]
CAT # OJC-31991-25
1. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) 6:33 2. Perdido 7:52 3. Stardust 6:30 4. The Way You Look Tonight 7:51 5. How High The Moon 9:11
The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Jazz at Oberlin (1953)
Jazz at Oberlin, recorded live at Oberlin College in Ohio in March 1953 and released later that year, is considered a breakthrough album - not just for Brubeck himself, but for the entire concept of live jazz recordings. "The idea of presenting a jazz concert on a college campus was something that really hadn't been done," says Phillips. "So this recording represents a historic first. The combination of the excitement generated by the quartet and the unbridled response from the audience is riveting."
Indeed, says jazz critic and historian Ashley Kahn in his new liner notes, "there had never been a commercial jazz recording that contained, again and again, such spontaneous eruptions of enthusiasm. That the youthful attendees were so gleefully unaware of jazz protocol - not holding on to their appreciation until the end of the solos, offering raucous applause rather than polite golf claps - only adds to the charm of the recording." More than a half century after the performance was recorded, "Brubeck's playing is still astonishing," says Kahn.
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