08/09/03

Columbia Compiles Brubeck

It’s becoming apparent that Columbia/Legacy will use any excuse to put a handful of CDs together and call it a box set. This week’s evidence: For All Time, a collection of five Dave Brubeck albums due October 7 and compiled in celebration of the venerable pianist’s signing to Columbia fifty years ago. Never mind that Dave isn’t with Columbia anymore (requests for 8x10 autographed glossies of Mr. 6/8 Time can be sent to Telarc Records these days).

The forthcoming set celebrates Brubeck’s Columbia years by collecting five of his “time” albums in a single and convenient package: Time Out (1959), Time Further Out (1961), Countdown: Time in Outer Space (1962), Time Changes (1963) and Time In (1965). Each album will have its own jewel case, and these will all fit into one slipcase. The notable news here is that Countdown, Time Changes and Time In are seeing their first CD release as a result of this package. Those three albums will come remastered with new liner notes by Brubeck and previously unreleased tracks. The versions of Time Out included in For All Time is the expanded edition that has been available since 1997.

The previously unreleased material totals seven tracks, added to the following releases:

Time Further Out has two: “Slow and Easy” (also known as “Lawless Mike”) and a live version of “It’s a Raggy Waltz” recorded at Carnegie Hall (we don’t know when).

Countdown gets just one addition, a tune called “Fatha.”

Time Changes will contain “Theme From Elementals,” which disrupts the original running order of the album’s tunes, placed just before the 16-minute epic LP closer “Elementals.”

Finally, Time In will feature three additional and unreleased cuts: “Rude Old Man,” “Who Said That?” and “Watusi Drums,” all leftovers from a session on September 20, 1965.

Brubeck on record is cool, but nothing beats the real thing. At 82 years of age, he’s still performing live. Below are the Dave Brubeck tour dates for the rest of the summer and a bit of the fall.

8/9 - Plating Fields Aboretum - Oyster Bay NY

8/10 - Newport Jazz Fest - Newport RI

8/16 - Summerwind Performing Arts Center - Windsor CT

8/20 - Abravanel Hall - Salt Lake City UT

8/22 - Montalvo Garden Stage - Saratoga CA

8/24 - Smothers Theater - Malibu CA

8/26 - Humphrey's By The Bay - San Diego CA

8/28 - Lobero Theater - Santa Barbara CA

8/29 - Cohan Center - San Luis Obispo CA

9/27 - McCarter Theater - Princeton NJ

9/28 - Benefit for High School - Stratford CT

10/1 - Library of Congress - Washington DC

10/3 - Palace Inn, Main Ballroom - Monroeville PA

10/4 - Finney Chapel, Oberlin College - Oberlin OH

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