Dave Brubeck Quartet
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|Dave Brubeck Quartet|
The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1967
|Origin||San Francisco, California, USA|
|Dave Brubeck, Bobby Militello, Michael Moore, Randy Jones|
|Paul Desmond, Bob Bates, Joe Dodge, Ron Crotty, Lloyd Davis, Norman Bates, Joe Morello, Eugene Wright, Jack Six, Alan Dawson, Darius Brubeck, Dan Brubeck, Chris Brubeck|
By 1958, after a handful of different drummers and bassists, the "Classic Quartet" — so-called because it remained as such virtually consistently until the group dissolved — had been assembled; consisting of Brubeck, Desmond, Joe Morello on drums, and Eugene Wright on bass. In 1959, the Dave Brubeck Quartet released Time Out, an album their label was enthusiastic about but nonetheless hesitant to release. The album contained all original compositions, almost none of which were in common time. Nonetheless, on the strength of these unusual time signatures (the album included "Take Five", "Blue Rondo à la Turk", and "Pick Up Sticks"), it quickly went platinum. The quartet followed up its success with several more albums in the same vein, including Time Further Out (1961), Countdown: Time in Outer Space, Time Changes, and Time In. These albums were also known for using contemporary paintings as cover art, featuring the work of Neil Fujita on Time Out, Joan Miró on Time Further Out, Franz Kline on Time in Outer Space, and Sam Francis on Time Changes. No artist work, however, was featured on the cover of Time In. A high point for the group was their classic 1963 live album At Carnegie Hall, described by critic Richard Palmer as "arguably Dave Brubeck's greatest concert".
The "classic" Dave Brubeck Quartet broke up in 1967, except for a 25th anniversary reunion in 1976. Brubeck formed a new quartet in 1968. As of 2009[update], the Dave Brubeck Quartet continues to tour the world, performing hits from the classic Quartet era as well as new material.