Dave Brubeck: Ghost of a Chance


Ghost of a Chance


Dave Brubeck (piano)


Indian Summer (Telarc 83670)

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Dave Brubeck (piano).

Composed by Victor Young, Bing Crosby & Ned Washington


Recorded: New York, March 8-9, 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

This song has been around a while, and was approaching it 75th birthday when Brubeck recorded it. But at 86, Brubeck had more than a little seniority. Yet this artist has never been one for nostalgic acts. Brubeck immerses himself totally in the spirit of the musical moment, and the result is a moody, introspective "Ghost of a Chance" where the listener feels the emotional truth of the lyrics, the rawness of a love affair that never was. The thick chords, a Brubeck trademark, take on a floating, misty quality -- in particular, check out how Brubeck handles the turnarounds -- and the performance shifts dreamily in and out of tempo. This relaxed, understated performance may surprise listeners who only know this pianist from Time Out and his classic quartet.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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