It’s been a busy few weeks and I didn’t get the chance to post on the passing of jazz great Dave Brubeck (1920 – 2012). I’ve been a fan for decades and have, of course, listened to “Take Five” and “In Your Own Sweet Way” (the latter being an original Brubeck composition) many times.
I won’t go into a long biography as I’m sure most of you have already digested the media coverage of Dave’s death at the age of 91.
I will say, however, that despite the well-deserved success of albums like “Time Out” (a must-have disc for ANY jazz collector) and “Brubeck Plays Brubeck” probably my favorite Brubeck album is “Dave Digs Disney”. It’s a wonderful, slightly off-beat, treatment of Disney music interpreted by Brubeck.
Released in 1957, it was the first time a musician had released an entire album addressing the music that was just pouring out of the Disney sound studios. The late fifties were a wonderful time for both Disney and Brubeck and the combination of the two was a match made in heaven.
Dave Brubeck (1920 – 2012)
1 – Alice In Wonderland (9:26) (from Alice In Wonderland) (B. Hilliard/S. Fain) Recorded June 29, 1957
2 – Give A Little Whistle (7:34) (from Pinocchio) (N. Washington/L. Harline) Recorded June 29, 1957
3 – Heigh-Ho (The Dwarfs’ Marching Song) (3:56) (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) (F. Churchill/L. Morey) Recorded August 3, 1957
4 – When You Wish Upon A Star (4:50) (from Pinocchio) (N. Washington/L. Harline) Recorded August 3, 1957
5 – Someday My Prince Will Come (8:18) (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) (F. Churchill/L. Morey) Recorded June 29-30,1957
6 – One Song (5:00) (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) (F. Churchill/L. Morey) Recorded June 30, 1957