Acclaimed Albums – Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Like I mentioned with the switch over to the Top 1000 list, there are a number of older albums that I listened to as part of a previous blog. This was back in 2009 … and I think my views on music have changed somewhat. Or maybe not, but hey it’s good to keep crossing these off so for these three weeks will be playing a game of catch-up.

List item: Listen to the 1000 Most Acclaimed Albums
Progress: 298/1000
Title: Time Out
Artist: The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year: 1959

It’s happened. The last album of the 1950s has been reached. Now it’s time for a smooth sale through the sixties before the bumpy road that is the seventies. I know I shouldn’t project into the future but having recently watched a documentary on Factory Records the late seventies dread is beginning to set in. If it wasn’t for the prospect of trying out Rumours and The Hissing of Summer Lawns that time period would certainly be a lot more daunting.

As for right here and right now the album of the day is Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet. While this is indeed another fifties jazz album it probably has the most instantly recognisable jazz tune of them all, ‘Take Five’. I for one am really bad with track names when it comes to jazz for the sheer fact that there are no words to recognise it by. So when suddenly when I recognised the tune I immediately jumped to attention and all began to feel right in the world. With the exception of the amazing track that is ‘Take Five’, this is an all round decent jazz album.

However, I can not help but think that it still pales in comparison to Kind Of BlueThis is of course unfair as the styles of jazz here are pretty different although both revolutionary in their own right. Something I can not stress enough with ‘Take Five’, and to a lesser extent ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk’. In the end this is an album that falls, for me, into the same category as Brilliant Corners whereby I see that it is a good album but it may not be one that I would actively seek out to listen to. Except for ‘Take Five’ which is bloody brilliant. So this gets an above average review, which makes me glad in retrospect that I did not go overboard when I rated In The Wee Small Hours.

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