Dave Brubeck: Lover
Dave Brubeck (piano)
Jazz: Red Hot And Cool (Sony 61468)
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