Dave Brubeck: Lover




Dave Brubeck (piano)


Jazz: Red Hot And Cool (Sony 61468)

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Dave Brubeck (piano), Paul Desmond (alto sax), Joe Dodge (drums),

Bob Bates (bass)


Composed by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart


Recorded: Basin Street, New York, July 23, 1955


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Against the backdrop of polished repartee and perfectly tuned glasses clinking at Manhattan’s swanky bistro Basin Street East, the Brubeck Quartet eschews the by-now obligatory racetrack 4/4 and restores "Lover" to her original waltz form. The Quartet's elegant delicacy—or delicate elegancy (we can't decide which)—befits both the song and their surroundings. Desmond's self-described dry-martini alto is naturally right at home, Brubeck himself displays an unusually light touch, and Dodge motors comfortably in a meter then exotic to jazz. We especially like Dave's unaccompanied coda appended calmly after the audience assumes the song is ended. A lovely "Lover."

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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