July 24, 2012

The Quartet pays tribute to Dave Brubeck by re-imagining a number of his best-known tunes.

Personnel: Chris (bass and trombone); Dan Brubeck (drums); Mike DeMicco (guitar); Chuck Lamb (piano)

1. The Duke (Dave Brubeck, arranged by Chuck Lamb)
2. Jazzanians (Dave Brubeck)
3. Kathy's Waltz (Dave Brubeck)
4. Go Round (Chuck Lamb)
5. Prezcence (Mike DeMicco)
6. The Girl from Massapequa (Chuck Lamb)
7. My One Bad Habit (Dave Brubeck)
8. Take Five (Paul Desmond)

Chris’s rich, robust tone on bass trombone is showcased on an instrumental version of “My One Bad Habit,” a tune that Carmen McRae sang on the 1961 LP The Real Ambassadors. Dan’s extended drum solo adds a display of drama, potency and virtuosity to this intriguing arrangement. And don’t be fooled by the title of Lamb’s “The Girl From Massapequa” because this is a track where the quartet burns: Chris has a great feel and presence on electric bass, Lamb’s pianism adds charismatic personality and brilliant color—even at dazzling speeds—and DeMicco delivers a smoldering solo. LifeTimes serves as an emotional tribute to Dave and a fine introduction for listeners who aren’t familiar with the work of these four gifted players. - DownBeat