Dave Brubeck: Out of Nowhere


Out of Nowhere


Dave Brubeck Quartet


Jazz Goes to College (Sony International 9513)

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Dave Brubeck (piano), Paul Desmond (alto sax), Bob Bates (bass), Joe Dodge (drums).

Composed by Johnny Green & Edward Heyman


Recorded: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, March 1954


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Enrollment at America's 1,870 institutions of higher learning In the early 1950s grew at 6% per annum, but appearances by modern jazzmen were as rare as a sighting of J.D. Salinger. Deforesting this virgin territory, Dave Brubeck logged 60 consecutive on-campus one-nighters in 1954, helping his Jazz Goes to College become a Top 10 fixture for two years, outselling even Liberace. "Out of Nowhere" exemplifies the Quartet's appeal, with Desmond's alto luxuriating over a steady pulse to orient the newly initiated undergrads, and classical-sounding counterpoint to appease the faculty. Together, Paul & Dave were a gentleman and a scholar.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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