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The Dave Brubeck Quartet – "Jazz At Oberlin"



"Jazz at Oberlin" is a live album by the Dave Brubeck Quartet recorded at Oberlin College in 1953 and released on the Fantasy label. It is considered one of Brubeck's most acclaimed albums.


Here are some key details about the album:

  • It was recorded live at Oberlin College in Ohio on March 8, 1953 during one of Dave Brubeck's early tours with his classic quartet of Paul Desmond on alto saxophone, Ron Crotty on bass, and Lloyd Davis on drums.

  • The album contains jazz standards like "The Way You Look Tonight", "How High the Moon", "These Foolish Things", "Perdido", and "Stardust." It showcases the group's unique style of jazz, blending Brubeck's piano playing with Desmond's lyrical saxophone melodies.

  • The album is known for its spontaneity, energy, and interplay between the musicians. The crowd's reaction shows their enthusiastic response to the group's fresh new sound.

  • Jazz at Oberlin was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009. AllMusic calls it "one of the quintessential Dave Brubeck albums" and states it "still sounds fresh decades later".

  • The album was reissued on vinyl in 2022 as part of the Craft Recordings' Original Jazz Classics series. It was remastered from the original tapes and pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

Tracklist

01 – The Way You Look Tonight (Live At Oberlin College 1953)

02 – How High The Moon (Live At Oberlin College 1953)

03 – These Foolish Things (Live At Oberlin College 1953)

04 – Perdido (Live At Oberlin College 1953)

05 – Stardust (Live At Oberlin College 1953)

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