Five of the best albums by jazz pianist Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck's rhythmic and tonal free-wheeling helped him become the epitome of 1950s and ’60s cool. We name his best recordings on disc
Jazz at Oberlin (1953)
Fantasy Records OJC-31991-02
The first Dave Brubeck Quartet is in vintage form at a concert in the Finney Chapel at Oberlin College – a gig that cemented jazz’s life outside the nightclub.
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Time Out (1959)
The classic Quartet changed the course of jazz with an album that uses unconventional time signatures. The first jazz album to sell a million copies.
Brubeck & Rushing (1960)
The Quartet accompanies the great blues shouter Jimmy Rushing. Pure spontaneous delight, full of energy – and a personal Brubeck favourite.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet at Carnegie Hall (1963)
The Quartet at a creative peak on a memorable occasion, described by many critics as one of the great live jazz albums of the 1960s.
Live at the Berlin Philharmonie (1970)
Legacy Records G010000913152B
A rousing new quartet uniting Dave Brubeck and star baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan.
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