Winnipeg's Jazz Magazine

March/April 2014: Cécile McLorin Salvant

Transcendence: The Brubeck Brothers

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The late pianist Dave Brubeck is undeniably one of the most influential figures in the history of jazz. As a bandleader, his group achieved both artistic and commercial success. The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s 1959 release Time Out, featuring Paul Desmond’s hit tune, “Take Five,” brought jazz—and odd time signatures in particular—to a wider audience, eventually becoming the first jazz record to be certified platinum. Brubeck’s compositions, including “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “Blue Rondo à la Turk,” are staples within the jazz songbook and have become instantly recognizable to listeners around the world.

On March 8 and 9, Izzy Asper Jazz Performance audiences have a chance to hear a Brubeck tribute by two of Dave Brubeck’s sons, Dan and Chris, and their group, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet.

Featuring Chris Brubeck on bass and trombone, Dan Brubeck on drums, Chuck Lamb on piano, and Mike DeMicco on guitar, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet has established itself as a dynamic musical unit. The group has released four recordings together, including their stellar debut, Second Nature (2001). With the release of their most recent recording, LifeTimes (2012), the Brubeck Brothers Quartet pays homage to their legendary father by featuring refreshing takes on his classic compositions, along with their own original material.

Each member of the group is an established artist in his own right. Chris and Dan Brubeck have recorded and performed with a litany of artists and symphony orchestras around the world. Chris is also an award-winning composer and orchestral arranger, while Dan has released three recordings with his electric quartet, The Dolphins, which he founded in 1988. Chris and Dan received a Grammy nomination in 1993 for Trio Brubeck, an album they recorded with their father. Both DeMicco and Lamb lead their own projects and have worked with many jazz luminaries, including Woody Herman, Jack DeJohnette, Tom Harrell, and Dave Holland.

Dave Brubeck’s work has transcended generations—within his own family and among listeners everywhere. Be sure not to miss this special tribute to a jazz icon.

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