With Dave Brubeck’s 90th birthday five days away, anticipation of the event is materializing in news stories, interviews, radio airplay, web tributes and accolades from colleagues and admirers. Marc Myers’ piece in The Wall Street Journal includes this paragraph:
Clean living, a happy marriage and global popularity have made Mr. Brubeck a media darling–and a target of envy. “Even in the ’50s I’d hear critics and musicians say, ‘Oh, Brubeck, he’s different’–meaning separate from the rest,” Mr. Brubeck said. “Others described my music as West Coast cool or light. Listen to our version of ‘Look for the Silver Lining’ from 1952. Tell me, what’s cool about that?”
You be the judge. The recording is from 1951, not ’52, but 59 years later, it’s understandable that anyone could lose track of a year. This was an NBC Radio live remote from the Surf Club in Hollywood. The record label lists ony Brubeck, Paul Desmond and bassist Wyatt Ruther. The drummer is Herb Barman.
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