Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out on Hybrid SACD From Analogue Productions
Definitive Audiophile Edition: Remastered by Bernie Grundman and Authored for SACD by Gus Skinas on the SONOMA System
Booklet Features Rare Session Photos and Liner Notes by Brubeck
One of the Five-Most Commercially Significant and Creatively Successful Jazz Albums Ever Recorded
High-Charting Effort Includes the Breakthrough Hit "Take Five"
Also Available on 200g 45RPM 2LP Set
Few things are better than when one of history's truly, inarguably, all-time-great albums comes to life like never before on a spectacular digital audiophile edition that simply makes the music live and breathe, as if it's being created in the moment. This is one of those pressings. And when it comes to jazz, nothing surprasses Time Out.
All music lovers have likely heard the Dave Brubeck Quartet, even if they've never realized it. The collective's smash hit "Take Five" has graced the soundtracks of multiple films, including Mighty Aphrodite, Pleasantville, and Constantine, and remains famous for its distinctive, catchy saxophone melody—as well as its use of unusual 5/4 time. Here's the rare jazz track that became a pop hit.
It's just one of the reasons why Time Out is a jazz and audiophile classic. The 1959 landmark belongs in every record collection. But none more so than this Analogue Productions hybrid SACD version, a reference-caliber sonic spectacular remastered by Bernie Grundman and authored for SACD by Gus Skinas on the SONOMA system.
Given such painstaking remastering and authoring, we guarantee you've never heard the pianist's nonpareil blend of cool and West Coast jazz emerge on a digital format with such depth, detail, dimensionality, and liveliness. In addition, the booklet features fantastic images shot during the recording session at Columbia's famous 30th Street Studios as well as liner notes from Brubeck and saxophonist Paul Desmond.
While the release is a classic inside and out, amazingly, record-label sales executives didn't want a painting on the cover, according to Brubeck. And an entire album of originals? That wouldn't work either, he was told. Fortunately, Brubeck ignored conventional wisdom and Time Out became a watershed release. Brubeck proved creative jazz and popular success can go together. On the surface, Time Out was an experiment in odd rhythms. Several of the melodies enjoy 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"). And "Kathy's Waltz" has been recorded and performed by symphony orchestras.
Within weeks of release, Time Out peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard pop albums chart and was certified platinum. "Take Five" became a mainstream hit, reaching No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 5 on the Easy Listening survey, the precursor to today's Adult Contemporary charts.
Sales aside, Brubeck and Co.'s playing, and the cerebral compositions within, continue to make Time Out one of the most beloved albums of the past century, genre aside. You owe it to yourself to hear it in the best digital fidelity possible. You owe it to yourself to get this hybrid SACD.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out Track Listing:
1. Blue Rondo A La Turk
2. Strange Meadow Lark
3. Take Five
4. Three To Get Ready
5. Kathy's Waltz
6. Everybody's Jumpin'
7. Pick Up Sticks