This album is part of a series of budget imports from Warner that pulls from their huge archives to highlight some of jazz's most classic musicians. Compilations, especially budget-line collections, tend to be either boring greatest-hits lists that any fan would already own or poorly recorded live tracks that sound like they were issued from the inside of somebody's bathtub.
This series is neither, combining quality live tracks with the truly classic studio recordings from each artist. A nice version of "Take Five" is included from the Newport Jazz Festival, as well as other classic Fantasy recordings like "Jeepers Creepers" and "I'll Never Smile Again."
|Take Five / Paul Desmond||Dave Brubeck||9:52|
|Invention / William O. Smith||Dave Brubeck||4:58|
|Like Someone in Love / Johnny Burke / James Van Heusen||Dave Brubeck||6:21|
|The Way You Look Tonight / Dorothy Fields / Jerome Kern||Dave Brubeck||3:02|
|Perdido / Ervin Drake / Hans Lengsfelder / Juan Tizol||Dave Brubeck||7:53|
|Two Sleepy People / Hoagy Carmichael / Frank Loesser||Dave Brubeck||3:32|
|I'll Never Smile Again / Ruth Lowe||Dave Brubeck||5:31|
|Lullaby in Rhythm / Benny Goodman / Walter Hirsch / Clarence Profit / Edgar Sampson||Dave Brubeck||3:32|
|Koto Song / Dave Brubeck||Dave Brubeck||5:10|
|Jeepers Creepers / Johnny Mercer / Harry Warren||Dave Brubeck||7:25|
|Stardust / Hoagy Carmichael / Mitchell Parish||Dave Brubeck||7:00|
|The Trolley Song / Ralph Blaine / Hugh Martin||Dave Brubeck||3:22|