Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein

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Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein
Studio album by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Released 1961
Recorded January 30, 1960-February 14, 1960
Genre Cool jazz, West Coast jazz
Length 41:23
Label Columbia
Dave Brubeck chronology
Near-Myth (OJC)
(1961)
Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein
(1961)
Time Further Out
(1961)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein is a 1961 album by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, and was inspired by the writing of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.[2]

The whole first side of the album, the composition “Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra”, was composed by Dave Brubeck’s brother, Howard Brubeck. The second side consists of arrangements of five of the best known Bernstein tracks from the musicals Wonderful Town and West Side Story.

Overview[edit]

The album started to take shape when “Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra” was premiered at a New York Philharmonic series on December 10, 11 and 13, 1959 – Leonard Bernstein conducting.[3] This was considered at the time to be an early, successful jazz/classical crossover (music) project – similar to those that had already been initiated by the Modern Jazz Quartet, Gunther Schuller and their peers in the study of what Schuller termed “Third Stream” music.

The Dialogues[edit]

“In this work an attempt is made to construct a score giving the orchestra an important part to play which adheres strictly to written notes, while the particular combination, or “combo,” of jazz instruments, is free to improvise on the material of the movement...” - Howard Brubeck (Original LP liner notes)

Track listing[edit]

On the original vinyl LP record:

Side A[edit]

  1. "Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra (Allegro)" – 6:55
  2. "Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra (Andante-Ballad)" – 5:13
  3. "Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra (Adagio-Ballad)" – 4:46
  4. "Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra (Allegro-Blues)" – 5:34

Side B[edit]

  1. "Maria (Bernstein, Sondheim)" – 3:16
  2. "I Feel Pretty (Bernstein, Sondheim)" – 5:06
  3. "Somewhere (Bernstein, Sondheim)" – 4:13
  4. "A Quiet Girl (Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)" – 2:23
  5. "Tonight (Bernstein, Sondheim)" – 3:48

Personnel[edit]

The Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra was composed by Howard Brubeck; most other selections were composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

Musical

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ All Music Guide to Jazz, 2010 Edition.
  3. ^ Columbia LP CL-1466 liner notes