This CD release presents original classic album Time Out in its entirety. One of the best selling jazz albums of all time, it included the original versions of two of the group's best known songs: Take Five and Blue Rondo à la Turk.
In addition, the complete album Brubeck Time, which was the first Brubeck LP recorded in the studio (its title derives from his portrait on the cover of Time magazine).
01. Blue Rondo À La Turk 6:46
02. Strange Meadow Lark 7:24
03. Take Five 5:27
04. Three To Get Ready 5:25
05. Kathy's Waltz 4:51
06. Everybody's Jumpin' 4:24
07. Pick Up Sticks 4:19
08. Audrey 3:36
09. Jeepers Creepers 5:00
10. Pennies From Heaven 6:15
11. Why Do I Love You 5:16
12. Stompin' For Mili 5:21
13. Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now 5:07
14. A Fine Romance 3:52
15. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime 5:22
Total time: 78:32 min.
Tracks #1-7, from the 12" album
"Time Out" (Columbia CS8192)
Tracks #8-15, from the 12" album
"Brubeck Time" (Columbia CL622)
Personnel on "Time Out":
Paul Desmond (alto sax), Dave Brubeck (piano), Eugene Wright (bass), and Joe Morello (drums).
Recorded in New York, June 25, July 1 & August 18, 1959
Personnel on "Brubeck Time":
Paul Desmond (alto sax), Dave Brubeck (piano), Bob Bates (bass), and Joe Dodge (drums).
Recorded in New York, October 12-14 & November 10, 1954
Sessions produced by Teo Macero
"I just loved it all and was especially taken by Morello's subtle drums. A great value CD this."
Mike Rogers -Jazz Journal
"Dave Brubeck's defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time. It was a risky move -- Brubeck's record company wasn't keen on releasing such an arty project, and many critics initially roasted him for tampering with jazz's rhythmic foundation. But for once, public taste was more advanced than that of the critics. Buoyed by a hit single in altoist Paul Desmond's ubiquitous "Take Five," Time Out became an unexpectedly huge success, and still ranks as one of the most popular jazz albums ever. That's a testament to Brubeck and Desmond's abilities as composers, because Time Out is full of challenges both subtle and overt -- it's just that they're not jarring. Brubeck's classic "Blue Rondo à la Turk" blends jazz with classical form and Turkish folk rhythms, while "Take Five," despite its overexposure, really is a masterpiece; listen to how well Desmond's solo phrasing fits the 5/4 meter, and how much Joe Morello's drum solo bends time without getting lost. The other selections are richly melodic as well, and even when the meters are even, the group sets up shifting polyrhythmic counterpoints that nod to African and Eastern musics. Some have come to disdain Time Out as its become increasingly synonymous with upscale coffeehouse ambience, but as someone once said of Shakespeare, it's really very good in spite of the people who like it. It doesn't just sound sophisticated -- it really is sophisticated music, which lends itself to cerebral appreciation, yet never stops swinging. Countless other musicians built on its pioneering experiments, yet it's amazingly accessible for all its advanced thinking, a rare feat in any art form. This belongs in even the most rudimentary jazz collection."
Steve Huey -All Music Guide
"This LP [...] introduced Paul Desmond's beautiful ballad "Audrey" and found the early Dave Brubeck quartet (with pianist Brubeck, altoist Desmond, bassist Bob Bates, and drummer Joe Dodge) making a rare studio recording; up to this point all of their most popular records were club performances. With fresh versions of such songs as "Jeepers Creepers," "Pennies From Heaven," and "A Fine Romance," this music is certainly worth acquiring."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide