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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Filtering by Tag: Dave Brubeck

Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond with the Dave Brubeck Trio: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

Every time I stumble onto a clip like this I try to wrap my head around being able to watch things like this, a performance from close to 45 years ago, on my phone while sitting in my pajamas.  The internet sure is a wonderful thing.

Gerry Mulligan is one of my musical heroes.  Not that the rest of the guys in this clip aren't legends, but Gerry has always spoken loudly to me.  The effortless flow to his phrasing.  A tone that seems to sing all on its own.  The first time I heard an album featuring both him and Chet Baker it changed me.  I don't think Paul Desmond or Dave Brubeck need any introduction.

This is live performance is from November 4, 1972 in Berlin.  The full personnel:

Gerry Mulligan - bari sax
Paul Desmond - alto sax
Dave Brubeck - piano
Jack Six - bass
Alan Dawson - drums


"1959 The Year that Changed Jazz": Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

The third documentary for Documentary Month here at the Monday YouTube Fix is titled "1959 The Year that Changed Jazz".  It is a fascinating look at that seismic year in jazz history that featured the release of four legendary recordings:

Miles Davis "Kind of Blue"
Dave Brubeck "Time Out"
Charles Mingus "Ah Um"
Ornette Coleman "The Shape of Jazz to Come"

This film is filled with nuggets like the fact that Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" was recorded in just 7 hours and that all but one of the tracks was the very first take! This is a fantastic documentary on some of the most important music ever recorded.


Osesp Bassoon Quartet Playing Take Five: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

I love creative settings of well known tunes.  It doesn't get too much more creative than this arrangement of Paul Desmond's Take Five.  It is not only a great setting of the tune by Alexandre Silvério but all four members of the Osesp Bassoon Quartet (Francisco Formiga , José Arion Linarez, Romeu Rabello, and Silvério) are fantastic. Somewhere, Dave Brubeck is smiling over this arrangement of Take Five for Bassoon Quartet.