Dave Brubeck: Stardust
Dave Brubeck (piano)
Jazz At Oberlin (Fantasy/ Original Jazz Classics 46)
Recorded: Oberlin College (Ohio), March 2, 1953
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Due in part to its innovative use of classical techniques, the Dave Brubeck Quartet became phenomenally popular in the 1950s. Another factor in its success, however, was the brilliant playing of its alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond. In this performance recorded at Oberlin College, one of many such campus venues the quartet was among the first to utilize, Desmond displays his signature beautiful tone, his ability to swing with ease, and his proclivity for extemporizing highly melodic, unclichéd phrases.
Reviewer: David Franklin