Only a very few artists managed to produce a personal, recognizable sound on the alto saxophone in the whole of the 100 years history of jazz: Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, Lee Konitz, Ornette Coleman and a couple of others are among them. The maestro of lyrical expression was undoubtedly Paul Desmond. Alongside the seldom swinging, often static block chords of his boss Dave Brubeck, he managed to preserve his light, floating and flowing style, which he demonstrates so well on this recording made in the Basin Street Club and in the large Columbia Studio in New York in 1954.
All the numbers on 1955's Brubeck Time are well known to jazz lovers from 1954 to 2018, but are not always recognizable at first hearing. However, we jazz fans, who have not always been spoilt with lovely sounds with and after Ornette Coleman, can enjoy every note. And bassist Bob Bates and drummer Joe Dodge produce an excellent drive throughout the proceedings. A wealth of glorious swing, excitement in every bar, and a sound that can't be bettered is what the listener can expect from these three live and four studio recordings from a year in which even West Coast jazz found recognition in New York.
This 180g vinyl reissue from Speakers Corner was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head.
Dave Brubeck, piano
Paul Desmond, alto saxophone
Bob Bates, bass
Joe Dodge, drums