As long as the YouTube benefactor in Holland keeps posting new segments from that 1972 Dave Brubeck concert in Rotterdam, Rifftides will keep bringing them to you. The piece that just popped up, “Someday My Prince Will Come,” was a staple in the classic Brubeck quartet’s repertoire before it disbanded in 1969. Paul Desmond reaches into what he would no doubt refer to as his bag of tricks for a brilliant use of repetition (which amuses Alan Dawson), one of his celebrated duets with himself, blues references, and the all-but-inevitable quote from “Give a Little Whistle.” Brubeck lyrically builds his solo with single-note lines, then generates a head of steam that barely subsides before the tune ends. Along the way, he draws Dawson and Jack Six into a concentrated bit of the metric play that had a good deal to do with making him famous. Watching this band have a good time, it’s hard not to have a good time.
Previous installments of the Brubeck Rotterdam concert are here, here and here.
Ed Leimbacher says
I’d say the Prince arrived regally with this one, and then some–Loch Lomond but almost no loched hands? Fleet-fingering driving the rhythms and the section to the brink of Chaos? Whoa, Ms. Iola!
A shake of the mane
and an impish grin.
Long may he reign.
But could such kin
ever come again?
Jack Tracy says
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Dave look happier or handsomer (Brubeck? handsome?) than he does in these Rotterdam clips; don’t you agree?