Recommended listening: Brubeck goes beyond 'Time Out'
Posted December 5, 2012
Jazz at Oberlin (1953): One of Brubeck's earliest and most highly regarded albums, which is apropos for a band that first made its name on college campuses.
Newport 1958: Brubeck Plays Ellington: The Newport Jazz Festival dedicated a day to Ellington, and bands played his music. Brubeck's choices included Jump for Joy and C Jam Blues, and a tribute, The Duke.
Time Out (1959): His timeless classic is still one of the biggest-selling jazz albums in history. Features Take Five and Blue Rondo a la Turk.
At Carnegie Hall (1963): One of the band's most legendary performances includes Take Five, Blue Rondo a la Turk, Pennies From Heaven, St. Louis Blues and It's A Raggy Waltz.
Time Further Out (1961): Here, he continued Time Out's use of unconventional time signatures. It's a Raggy Waltz and Unsquare Dance are standout tracks.
Paper Moon (1982): The pianist is joined by tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, son Chris Brubeck on bass and trombone and drummer Randy Jones. Highlights include Music, Maestro, Please and It's Only a Paper Moon.
Time Signatures: A Career Retrospective (1992): Four-CD, 59-track boxed set gives a nice overview of Brubeck's music during the Paul Desmond years.
London Flat, London Sharp (2005): This late-career gem for the pianist is a combination of engaging new compositions and reworking of material he had recorded previously.
The Columbia Studio Albums Collection: 1955-1966 (2012): This new boxed set from Sony Legacy ($109) collects 19 albums from Brubeck's most commercially successful period from the 1950s through the 1960s.
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