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WNYC's Fishko Files: An Hour With Dave Brubeck

From: WNYC
Series: WNYC's Fishko Files
Length: 59:00

An Hour With Dave Brubeck

Saraflat_small "An Hour With Dave Brubeck" is another in Sara Fishko's series of conversations with musical figures. The interview for the program was taped in Brubeck's studio in Connecticut, this past spring. In the program, Brubeck discusses his childhood, musical influences (from jazz pianist Art Tatum to classical composer Darius Milhaud) and development. Music featured includes a very early recording of Brubeck "imitating" Tatum, Teddy Wilson and other pianists he admired; as well as some of the iconic live and studio recordings from his later days.

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"An Hour With Dave Brubeck" is another in Sara Fishko's series of conversations with musical figures. The interview for the program was taped in Brubeck's studio in Connecticut, this past spring. In the program, Brubeck discusses his childhood, musical influences (from jazz pianist Art Tatum to classical composer Darius Milhaud) and development. Music featured includes a very early recording of Brubeck "imitating" Tatum, Teddy Wilson and other pianists he admired; as well as some of the iconic live and studio recordings from his later days.

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Jeez, this is one they should hand to the new radio recruits as they report for duty. The pacing is spot-on perfect--the proportion of words to notes somehow works wonderfully. More, the host is as laidback and easygoing, yet smart, as Brubeck's classic works. She's jsut enough of the piece, never too much. I can't imagine any station format where this wouldn't fit in the evening. You could say she softballed him a little bit--nothing on the question of whether black musicians resented his Time cover, etc--but what the hell, that's all been covered, he's an old guy (though still right there), and in the end it's such a treat to see his music and his personality blend together.

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This is a terrific hour of radio that could work just as well for music stations as for news/talk stations. It's not the definitive Brubeck profile nor the standard longform Q and A. It's a wonderful hour of conversation accompanied by a first rate music mix. Hardcore Brubeck fans probably won't learn anything new here but no doubt they'll appreciate the way Brubeck stretches out with his interviewer and talks about jazz and his own career and lots more. Guided by Fishko who's present asking good questions and coming in every now and again to bridge various parts of the interview to keep it lively but mostly standing back and listening, Brubeck is generous, thoughtful, expansive and inspiring. The music production is superb; it's perfectly timed and balanced. This broadcast is a delight to listen to many times over.

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Review of An Hour With Dave Brubeck

In a very engaging way, the interviewer of this piece, Sara Fishko, brings out the personal side of Dave Brubeck. She never intrudes on his delivery, even allowing extra time of complete silence for him to complete a thought.

I particularily liked the longer musical segments that, were mixed with the short "phrases". One really gets the feeling by the end of the program that you now know something new and fresh about this fabulous jazz artist.

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Timing and Cues

Segment A 15?45
oc: ?...takes the jazz world by storm. I?m Sara Fishko, back in a minute...?

Break 1, :59 with music

Segment B 26?05
oc: ?...jazz, politics and life in general. Back in a minute...?

Break 2, :59 with music

Segment C 15?10
oc: ?it?s a pleasure to be in your house, in the rain...ha ha ha...?(music fades)

Total Time: 59 minutes

Musical Works

Brubeck Hour Playlist of CD?s (all performances by Brubeck unless otherwise indicated)
Note: opening music was recorded on location by WNYC (?In Your Own Sweet Way?) all other music is on CD

1)?Three to Get Ready,? from Time Out, Columbia CK 65122
2)?I Found a New Baby,? from Jazz at the College of the Pacific Volume 2, Fantasy 1076-2
3)TEDDY WILSON ?Don?t Blame Me? from The Quintessence, Fremaux&Assoc. FA 240
4)BILLY KYLE from Piano Story, Jazz Archives 200 160252
5)ART TATUM ?Humoresque? (Dvorak), Best of Jazz 4022
6)CLEO BROWN, ?I?ll take the South? from The Legendary Cleo Brown, President PLCD 548
7)?Sweet Cleo Brown? from Dave Brubeck Plays and Plays and Plays, Fantasy OJCCD 716-2
8)DIZZY GILLESPIE ?Oopapada? from Groovin?High, Naxos Jazz Legends 8.120582
9)?Travellin Blues? from Time In, Columbia 85994 (Program break 1)
10)DARIUS MILHAUD ?Scaramouche Suite?, Arabesque 6569
11)DARIUS MILHAUD ?La Creation du Monde? same as 10
12)?Rondo? from Dave Brubeck Octet, Fantasy OJCCD 101-2
13)?The Way You Look Tonight? same as 12
14)?Let?s Fall In Love? from Dave Brubeck Trio, Fantasy 24726-2
15)?Let?s Fall In Love? from Jazz at the College of the Pacific Volume 2, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Fantasy OJCCD 1076-2
16)?Crazy Rhythm,? same as 15
17)?Stardust,? same as 15
18)MILES DAVIS ?In Your Own Sweet Way,? from Miles Davis Collector?s Items, Prestige OJCCD-2(P-7044)
19)?In Your Own Sweet Way? from Brubeck Plays Brubeck, Columbia CK 65722
20)?The Waltz,? from Brubeck Plays Brubeck, same as 19
21)?The Duke,? from The Essential Dave Brubeck, Columbia CK 86993
22)?Perdido? from Jazz at Oberlin, Fantasy FCD-3245-2
23)?Take Five? from Time Out, same as 1
24)?Unisphere? from Time Changes, Columbia Legacy CK 85992 (Program break 2)
25)?It?s a Raggy Waltz? from The Dave Brubeck Quartet at Carnegie Hall, Columbia C2K 61455
26)?St Louis Blues? from Dave Brubeck Trio and Gerry Mulligan Live at the Berlin Philharmonic, Columbia C2K 64820
27)LOUIS ARMSTRONG (with Brubeck etc.) from The Real Ambassadors, Columbia 57663
28)KEVIN DEAS, BALTIMORE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY (with Brubeck etc.) ?The Gates of Justice?, Milken Archive series, Naxos 8.559414
29)?It?s a Raggy Waltz? from Time Further Out, Columbia CK 64668

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http://www.wnyc.org/music/articles/32460