Dave Brubeck: Someday My Prince Will Come

Track

Someday My Prince Will Come

Artist

Dave Brubeck (piano)

CD

Dave Digs Disney (Columbia 48820)

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Musicians:

Dave Brubeck (piano), Paul Desmond (bass), Norman Bates (bass), Joe Morello (bass).

Composed by Frank E. Churchill and Larry Morey

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Recorded: New York, June 1957

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Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

This was a turbulent period for the Dave Brubeck Quartet. The ensemble was still adapting to its new label (Columbia) and maintaining a hectic recording and performing schedule. The arrival of Joe Morello in the band had created friction with Paul Desmond -- who would only gradually come to terms with the master percussionist -- and with bassist Norman Bates, who would soon depart from the group. Eventually all the pieces would fit together, but right now Brubeck was holding it together, establishing the personality of the band from the keyboard. When he signals a shift from waltz time to 2/4 at the 5-minute mark, everybody follows his lead. And when he decides to waltz a short time later, waltz comes back into fashion. A few years later, Miles would record this same piece on a memorable date with Coltrane. But Brubeck was digging Disney before it was cool.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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