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  Columbia -
  CS 65122
  Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out
  The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out

Dave Brubeck (piano)
Paul Desmond (alto saxophone)
Eugene Wright (bass)
Joe Morello (drums)
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

Total time: 38:34
  Single Layer
Recording type:
Recording info:
  Recording Engineers: Fred Plaut, Robert Waller, Cliff Morris
Recorded at 30th Street Columbia Studio, June-August, 1959

Mixing/Mastering: Mark Wilder
  SRGS-4535 in Japan. Also issued as a stereo-only version with the same serial number. See also CH 65122.

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Review by The Good Ed March 30, 2007 (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
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Whenever I have a new guest in my listening room who hasn't been exposed to SACD or other high resolution formats, this is the disc I grab to "wow" them. The outstanding remaster of the 1959 recording coupled with the fidelity of the SACD format combine to create a "sense of space" that I haven't felt on any recording before or since. Having played in jazz ensembles in my younger days, I've always realized that there are small sounds and nuances which come across so easily live, yet are practically inaudible on CD recordings-- the buzz of a snare; the attack of piano hammer on string; the whooshing of air through open saxophone keys. The beauty and reality of ALL these things enter your listening room via this disc in a way that bridges the gap between live and recorded music.

Though Dave Brubeck has always been the most recognized member of his quartet (fancy that...), this album's third track, "Take Five", highlights the talent of Paul Desmond, both as composer and musician. Often overshadowed by Brubeck, here Desmond is able to let fly with a grace that highlights both his improvisational chops AND his restraint. As recognizable as this track is to even a novice of jazz, I can't stress enough its importance or its beauty.

Thus far, all of my experience with this release has been with its multichannel track. Though it is understated compared to other five channel mixes, I don't think I'd want it any other way. Left, right, and center channels combine to form a fluid and convincing wall of sound, while the surrounds are primarily used for ambience. Noise and hiss are virtually non existent throughout-- clean and focused sound greets the listener on every track. For the uninitiated, I can think of no better jazz album to foster a love for the genre. For the more "traveled" jazz listener, I urge you to revisit this recording. You won't be disappointed.

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Review by boguspomp July 2, 2006 (9 of 11 found this review helpful)
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Here is the other recording, that I know since I'm born. My dad would play it every weekend at least once. What did this do to me ? I'm a music fanatic with more than 10.000 CD's and already 100's of SA-CD's and DVD-Audio's.

We had the LP of course and the first CD version that came out. LP sound was great at that time - but what could I say in looking back to the mid/end 60's about sound in all honesty ?

LS way up on top of the bookshelf and rather small, recold player quite good, but...

You get the idea. But this is anyway one of the cases, where the music speaks for itself. Among my alltime 25 albums.

Ok to come back to the CD version. Yes, you could listen to it, but I would not put it into the player as often, as I would have liked to. Later I purchased the SBM 20 Bit version, which wa a little better, but again ( like the Stan Getz) a little harsh and also a lot of hiss actually.

I thought, ok, as this recording is from 1962 there must be hiss, thats the way it is..

Got this as a SA-CD and wooop, hiss is gone, harshness is gone, just plain good sound. Smooth and punchy as it should be.

The Bass is something else.You see Eugene Wright stand there and pull the strings. The Piano sounds really good now. Drums are crisp-nice brush work - and present. Saxophone is smooth and into your face.
I like the Stereo mix better, than the Multi Channel. I am just used to it. With the M-CH mix the instruments change their places, which just sounds odd to me.
Guys, don't make a M-CH when the recording is 4 Track. Makes it mostly worse...

Otherwise, very recommended - but you knew that already, didn't you ?

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Review by JW December 29, 2006 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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For fans of this album I guess this will probably be the fourth time we are buying it. Musically it's beyond reproach and I will not touch upon this here. I will comment on how much BETTER it sounds than the already nicely recorded (for RBCD) Columbia Legacy CK65122. This RBCD sounds pretty nice though I think the piano on track 5 for example sounds like it is covered under a blanket. It's when you compare this RBCD to the SA-CD you realize how flat it, the CD, sounds really. There is so much more body and timbre on the piano, so much more presence on the alto sax and so much more air and depth to the recording on the SA-CD that for Brubeck fans this SA-CD is an easy recommendation. This even after compensating for the somewhat louder level on the SA-CD. I do not have a copy of the LP for comparison, but I did try my Columbia 2-eye of 'Time Further Out' just for fun. The piano sounds better and the Alto Sax is more lively than on the Time Out RBCD referred to above, but the Time Out SA-CD displays more presence and body on my system. Anyway, this is a completely useless comparison so I'll stop here.


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