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Monday, December 6, 2010

Dave Brubeck's "Hope" 11-01-04

It's Dave Brubeck's birthday so I'm posting a couple of his shows to show his wide diversity. We all know his jazz side, but this classical composition is another side of Dave.

Mass “To Hope” Live
Live at “Salzburger Jazzherbst”
Grosses Festspielhaus
Salzburg, Austria
Ex FM stereo.

Dave Brubeck performing his 1980 composition, To Hope! A Celebration, at the Salzburg festival. Composed at the request of Ed Murray, then editor of the Catholic Weekly, Our Sunday Visitor, To Hope! was possibly Brubeck’s first Christian work.

But Brubeck is no stranger to long compositional pieces, marrying jazz to other forms of music. He had already written the critically acclaimed The Gates Of Justice in 1969. Brubeck has a long history of involvement in social and political side projects.

Said music fan Steve Seim on Amazon.com: “To Hope!” is Dave Brubeck’s attempt at composing a mass, or Christian liturgy. The result is mixed. Unlike Vince Guaraldi’s masterpiece Grace Cathedral Concert, this is not a jazz piano mass. Instead, it is largely a contemporary-classical work, focused on vocals and traditional arrangements. It does, however, include several jazz passages, including one that swings almost like a ’50s surf-rock record. Not everyone will like this recording, but every fan of jazz or contemporary sacred music should listen to it.”

That sums it up accurately. This is not a blend of musical styles but rather classical music sitting next to Brubeck’s stinging piano-led jazz. As one form ends, the other begins. The two styles never weave into each other. The best example of Brubeck’s inspired writing here is the track Alleluia. It is an almost nine-minute uplifting choral piece that segues into a contemporary jazz workout that swings.

Track 01. Processional> Lord, Have Mercy - 5:34 (7.6MB)
Track 02. The Desert And The Parched Land > The Peace Of Jerusalem - 8:57 (12.3MB)
Track 03. Alleluia - 8:48 (12.1MB)
Track 04. Father All Powerful > Holy, Holy, Holy - 6:00 (8.2MB)
Track 05. While He Was At Supper - 3:32 (4.8MB)
Track 06. When We Eat His Bread > Though Him, With Him > Great Amen - 6:37 (9.0MB)
Track 07. Our Father - 3:08 (4.3MB)
Track 08. Lamb Of God - 1:50 (2.5MB)
Track 09. All My Hope - 10:37 (14.9MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 10. Gloria - 2:49 (3.8MB)

TT: 57:58m

Jazz Quintet
Dave Brubeck (p)
Bobby Militello (as)
Michael Moore (b)
Randy Jones (dr)

plus Salzburger Bach-Chor
with Russell Gloyd (cond)
Andrineh Simonian (soprano)
Jeremy Pick (tenor)
Kevin Deas (baritone)

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IE1B759T Dave Brubek, Hope.rar

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