Dave Brubeck: Thank You


Thank You


Dave Brubeck (piano)


Indian Summer (Telarc 83670)

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Dave Brubeck (piano).

Composed by Dave Brubeck


Recorded: New York, March 8-9, 2007


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

A general rule among jazz pianists is that they give up the keyboard long before their age matches the number of keys on the instrument. But at a spry 86 (when "Thank You" was recorded), Brubeck seems intent on (once again) defying the conventional wisdom. Adding to the challenges, Brubeck injured his ankle shortly before the start of this session, and was hospitalized after its completion. Nonetheless, he offers up an exquisite performance of a lovely original composition. "Thank You" opens in a Chopinesque vein, but Brubeck gradually moves his tonal palette away from nineteenth-century Romanticism into more modern currents. The chords get thicker and full of the ingenious harmonic movement we have come to expect from this pianist. As a solo performer, Brubeck has always shown great patience, digging deeply into the mood of the moment and never rushing the effects --check out, for example, that remarkable version of "Over the Rainbow" from the Fantasy catalog -- and he does the same here, building phrase by phrase to create solid musical structures that will stand the test of time. Brubeck may call this performance "Thank You," but the gratitude here is all ours.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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