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Friday, May 20, 2022

Dave Brubeck And Jay & Kai At Newport


Take The "A" Train

Dave Brubeck and Jay & Kai
At Newport
Recorded in performance at the American Jazz Festival at Newport, R.I., on July 6, 1956
Columbia CL 932

From the back cover: Both groups presented material not yet heard by the Newport audience. This was one of the bounties bestowed on the crowd by most of the Columbia artists, who were asked to prepare fresh material because their programs were being recorded. The contrast to the usual practice of repeating the well-known recorded successes was a welcome change and one can only hope that all artists will do this in the future whether or not they are being recorded.

From Billboard - December 29, 1956: To one listener at Newport, the Brubeck set was a highlight, superior to much of the material on his earlier concert disks, mainly due to Paul Desmond's alto and to several interesting new originals. On disks, six months later, it sounds even better. As for the Jay and Kai set, George Avakian's editing has eliminated the goofs, and this too, sounds great. All told, this is a a jazz set that almost any modern collector will want to own. For name value and for musical merit, this one has what it takes.

The Dave Burbeck Quartet featuring Paul Desmond
In Your Own Sweet Way
Two-Part Conversation
Take The "A" Train
I'm In A Dancing Mood

The J.J. Johnson – Kai Winding Quintet
Lover Come Back To Me
True Blue Tromboniums

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