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Darius Brubeck Quartet
4th August 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
A welcome return for jazz pianist and composer Darius Brubeck and his group, who’ll be performing material from their most recent CD, Live In Poland, plus some of his new compositions and his father’s tunes.Recorded on the final night of their 2018 tour at Poznan’s Blue Note Jazz Club, the concerts celebrated the 60th anniversary of father Dave Brubeck’s historic ambassadorial tour behind the Iron Curtain in 1958, which provided the inspiration for the 1959 hit Time Out.Growing up in the artistic milieu of his famous father Dave, Darius has enjoyed a lifetime of varied international experience as a band leader, composer, teacher and broadcaster.Upon graduating from university, Darius led his own groups, performed with artists such as Don McLean and Larry Coryell, and in the 70s was ushered into the international jazz scene as a member of Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet (Dave, Darius, Chris and Dan) under his father’s leadership.Throughout his life, Darius has been inspired by travel and the musical influences from many far-flung places: the beat of Brazil, the direct emotion of South African jazz, the improvisation and rhythm of Asian musics, and the lyricism and harmony of the European tradition.Darius’ lyrical, yet emotive delivery is offset by his focussed rhythmic incisiveness, which is very reminiscent of his father’s devotion to exploring different time signatures and grooves spurred on with that classic 1959 LP, Time Out, which featured Blue Rondo a la Turk and, of course, the chart-topping classic, Take 5.Incidentally, Verve are releasing Time Out Takes, which includes previously unreleased alternative versions of Take Five, Blue Rondo a la Turk and many others. These were all recorded at the same time by the classic DBQ.Darius Brubeck (Piano), Dave O’Higgins (Saxophones), Matt Ridley (Double Bass), Wesley Gibbens (Drums).
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