Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time In

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Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time In

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Time In

Label: ORG
Media: LP
Genre: Jazz

This 1965 release ended the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s series of time-themed albums, the most famous being 1959’s Time Out, which contained the ever-popular “Take Five.” Time In was also one of the final records by a much-loved quartet that included Paul Desmond on alto saxophone. With more than two dozen albums behind them by the time this album was recorded, was the foursome a spent force? Definitely not—and, in fact, one listen to Time In will dispel any notions of the quartet as “polite jazz.” On the ironically-titled opening track, “Light Waltz,” the group swings with an urgency that reaches its peak during Brubeck’s vigourous solo. “Softly, William, Softly” is a deeply expressive ballad, and “Lonesome” is equally moving. Throughout Time In Brubeck’s compositions bring out the best in Desmond, whose light, airy sound was the musical equivalent of a martini so dry it would have passed inspection by Winston Churchill. Mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed at the Pallas Group in Germany, the first-ever vinyl reissue of Time In offers clear separation among the instruments and a near-holographic rendering of Desmond’s wistful saxophone.

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