Dave Brubeck - essence of Cool.
Dave Brubeck – The essence of Cool.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Live At Grugahalle, Essen, Germany – November 1961 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Taking things down a few pegs this weekend with a concert by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, in concert from Grugahalle in Essen Germany, recorded on November of 1961.

The epitome of Cool Jazz, Dave Brubeck had one of the longest and most successful careers in Music, active for over 60 years and spanning some 150 albums.

Needless to say, a national treasure whose work will be heard and enjoyed for a very long time – Brubeck was one of those artists many people got their first introduction to Jazz to.

Fortunately for everyone, in addition to his commercial recordings, he was recorded in concert quite a bit, by both fans and radio outlets, particularly in Europe.

This is from one of the many European tours Brubeck performed over the years, fortunately recorded and preserved by German Radio. If you’re just getting familiar with the music of Dave Brubeck and his long-time associates Paul Desmond on Alto Sax, Joe Morello on drums and Gene Wright on bass – here’s a good place to start. But check out his vast output of albums, most of which are still in print.

Enjoy and relax.

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5 thoughts on “Dave Brubeck Quartet – Live In Essen, Germany 1961 – Past Daily Downbeat

  1. This is fantastic! I love discovering previously unheard concert performances by the Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond. This particular concert is phenomenal, a rare chance to hear the quartet stretch out and perform tunes not normally heard live, such as the not recorded enough tune Nomad (my favorite Dave Brubeck composition). Thank you so much!

    1. Thank YOU so much! Glad you liked it – I run Jazz concerts every Sunday – so fall on by from time to time and enjoy the sounds! – Best, Gordon

      1. I’ll make sure to do that! By the way, I don’t know if you do requests, but if you have any more Dave Brubeck Quartet recordings… Thank you once again!

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