Productions and Quality Record Pressings present the definitive Time
Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
time reissued as a gatefold jacket, with rare black and white photos
from the Columbia Studios recording session. Heavy-duty chipboard
shell stock by Stoughton Printing
double LP set cut at 45 RPM by Bernie Grundman and pressed at Quality
results speak for themselves: the platters from QRP are in my
experience the most consistently flat and quiet being pressed today
... at least for the foreseeable here and now, Analogue Productions'
newly mastered 45 RPM (Brubeck) is the edition to own. You'll
hear it right from the familiar piano intro to "Blue Rondo a la
Turk," where Brubeck's playing seems richer, more lyrical, more
rhythmically alive. It seems to me that as our gear gets ever more
quiet, these QRP LPs continue to wring more musical nuance from the
finest recordings." — Music = 5/5; Sound = 5/5 — Wayne
now heard a number of LPs from Quality Record Pressings (QRP), Chad
Kassem's year-and-a-half-old record-pressing plant. Before Time
I would have said that some positive trends were apparent from the
earlier LPs I've heard. However, this current pressing is so much
better than those that came before it, which were certainly very
good, that it's obvious things have improved considerably over the
past year. It's
a positive sign when the noise floor is defined by the hiss of the
master tape, not the quality of the pressing or vinyl, and that's the
case here. Having
heard many, many Pallas and RTI pressings, the main competition for
QRP, I would say that QRP
pressings combine the strengths of both its competitors: the very low
surface noise and bottom-of-the-groove quiet of Pallas LPs and the
sharp delineation of musical detail of RTI." — Sound =
4.5/5; Music = 5/5 — Marc Mickelson, The
all serious and even casual music lovers ought to be familiar with,
or at least are likely to have heard The Dave Brubeck Quartet, even
without realizing it — for the quartet's best-known hit "Take
Five" has graced the soundtracks of multiple films, including
"Mighty Aphrodite," "Pleasantville" and
piece is famous for its distinctive, catchy saxophone melody, as well
as its use of unusual 5/4 time — so distinctive, it's a rare jazz
track that became a pop hit.
the monster hit "Take Five," the Brubeck Quartet's Time
a jazz and audiophile classic. Every album collection needs a copy.
And now, cut at 45 RPM on 200-gram premium vinyl, pressed at Quality
Record Pressings (Acoustic Sounds' own industry-lauded LP
manufacturer), Analogue Productions brings you the definitive copy.
definitive? The dead-quiet double-LP, with the music spread over four
sides of vinyl, reduces distortion and high frequency loss as the
wider-spaced grooves let your stereo cartridge track more accurately.
But it's more than just the vinyl that makes this release so
special. For the first time in its history, Time
presented here packaged in a deluxe gatefold jacket. Inside are eight
fantastic black and white images shot during the recording session at
Columbia's famous 30th Street Studios. Sony Music supplied the images
for use in our SACD reissue, and gave us persmission to use them in
our LP reissue as well.
jacket is also special — very heavy-duty. It's produced for us by
Stoughton Printing featuring a printed wrap mounted to a
heavyweight chipboard shell, producing an authentic "old school"
look and feel. This jacket is a beauty! Never has Time
colorful iconic cover art looked so vibrant.
record label's sales executives didn't want a painting on the cover
in 1959 on Columbia Records, Brubeck told an interviewer. An
entire album of originals? That wouldn't work either, he was told.
Some standards and some show tunes were needed in the
mix. Fortunately, Brubeck ignored the conventional wisdom
the original classic we know it as today. Brubeck became proof that
creative jazz and popular success can go together.
album was intended as an experiment using musical styles Brubeck
discovered abroad while on a United States Department of
State-sponsored tour of Eurasia. In Turkey, he observed a group of
street musicians performing a traditional Turkish folk song that was
played in 9/8 time, a rare meter for Western music.
Desmond, who was Brubeck's alto saxophonist, wrote "Take Five,"
at Brubeck's urging to try and write a song in quintuple (5/4) time.
told Paul to put a melody over (drummer) Joe Morello's beat,"
Brubeck explained. As a jazz pianist, Brubeck became a household name
in jazz in part due to Time
success. Demond's cool-toned alto and quick wit fit in well with
Brubeck's often heavy chording and experimental playing. Morello and
bassist Gene Wright completed the group. The Quartet traveled and
performed constantly around the world until breaking up in 1967 to
pursue other musical ventures.
at No. 2 on the Billboard pop
albums chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry
Association of America. "Take Five" became a mainstream
hit, reaching No. 25 on the Billboard Hot
100, and No. 5 on Billboard's
Easy Listening survey, the precursor to today's Adult Contemporary
charts. The song was included in countless movies and television
soundtracks and still receives significant radio play.
Paul Desmond, alto saxophone
Gene Wright, bass