Dave Brubeck and his quartet (Paul Desmond on alto-sax, Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums) make a fine, even-more adventurous follow up to his legendary Time Outfeaturing his trademark easy-going swing arrangements in odd (9/4!) time signatures and one amazing solo by Morello (the appropriately titled “Way More Drums”). Hits like “Unsquare Dance” and “It’s a Raggy Waltz” are augmented by “Charles Matthew Hallelujah,” “Maori Blues,” and the lovely “Blue Shadows In the Street.”
IMPEX’s all-analog 180-gram pressing was mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound in New York from the original master tapes. With RTI’s quiet surfaces and our strict attention to detail, this is a must-have for Brubeck fans (you are legion) and a great addition to any audiophile library.
Every artist has their one hit which defines their career, sometimes deservedly so, sometimes by happenstance. Mention the name Dave Brubeck and you will without so much as a thought think of his classic, career defining Time Out. Released in 1959 (CS8192), the Dave Brubeck Quartet (ie. Dave Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on alto-sax, Eugene Wright on double bass and Joe Morello on drums) released a concept jazz album based on some rather unusual time signatures. In fact, such a hit became the record, that it was the first mainstream jazz record to have ever produced a hit single, “Take Five”, that made it all the way up to number five in the adult contemporary chart. Needless to say, “Time Out” spawned and impressed upon who knows how many others; it is in effect one of the most widely known jazz albums of all time.
Though in professional circles it was met with critical eyes at first, Dave Brubeck in 1961 came back with what amounts to a sequel, aptly titled Time Further Out (CS 8490), which further developed upon the unusual time signatures. In fact, each of the tracks are arranged successively by the number of beats per bar starting with “Itʼs A Raggy Waltz” in 3/4 and concluding with “Blue Shadows In The Street” in 9/4. Much like Time Out did two years prior, Time Further Out also produced a most notable hit, the aptly named “Unsquare Dance”. A light, West Coast style jazz record, Brubeck and company play lively beats in timeless fashion that can only be described as evergreens. Simply put, you will either like this style or be turned off by it forevermore.
Reissued here by the new IMPEX label (headed up by ex Cisco Musicʼs Abey Fonn) there is much to be grateful for. First, the simple, brave fact of picking the follow-up hit rather then the original which has been reissued who knows how many times, shows at least interest in producing and reissuing those records which undeservedly so have remained locked up in someoneʼs vaults. Personally, I could really care less about yet another Time Out reissue (or Kind Of Blue for that matter), alas, Time Further Out is in my opinion in fact the better record to begin with, if only perhaps because Time Out has literally been played to death. A mint original I own used to be the benchmark for me; happily I can report that this reissue (mastered by George Marino from the original 2-track tapes) trounces my copy handily. From the first note, there is simply an increased level of information being decoded; backgrounds are quiet, the dynamics of the recording come across fully preserved and quite simply, the record just makes you swing. “Unsquare Dance”, played at respectable levels sounds quite daring and dashing; no wonder it became the recordʼs hit.
A great follow-up then and an even greater first for IMPEX. Any self respecting Brubeck fan should own a copy; this reissue is a no brainer, even if you were never aware of the recordʼs existence in first place. Highly recommended!
JIM KAPLAN, RECORD COLLECTOR, DECEMBER 2011
Time Further Out was re-releases by Impex Records and they did a phenomenal job. The sound is FANTASTIC and the music is even better. This, the third-or-so in the time signature series captures the band at a really swinging groove. And Joe Morello’s drums. WOW.