Between 1952 and 1958, the Brubeck Quartet released 537 albums, of which 402 were recorded live. OK, so it was only 12 of 16, but that's still a lot and still 75% liveómany on campus, where wildly enthusiastic audiences of (how shall we put this?) unseasoned jazz fans cheered the group's clumsy attempts to swing. By 1958, however, Joe Morello had snared the drum chair (sorry), and wild enthusiasm was now justified. On this track, recorded off-campus in Copenhagen, Desmond delivers a superlative 4Ĺ-minute solo, after which Brubeck embarks on the kind of polyrhythmic safari that left his previous drummers foundering; newcomer Morello is unfazed. Desmond returns to slyly swap paraphrases with Joe of "La Cumparsita," then carries the ball alone over a stop-time chorus. When the entire group reenters, it's so thrilling even the Danes lose their cool.
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