The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out
Dave Brubeck - piano [click here to see more vinyl featuring Dave Brubeck]
Paul Desmond - alto saxophone [click here to see more vinyl featuring Paul Desmond]
Joe Morell (drums), Gene Wright (bass)
1LP, gatefold jacket by Stoughton Printing
Original analog Master tape : YES
Heavy Press : 180g
Record color : black
Speed : 33 RPM
Size : 12'’
Record Press : Quality Record Pressings
Label : Analogue production
Original Label : Columbia
Recorded June 25, July 1, and August 18, 1959 in Columbia's 30th Street Studio in New York City
Produced by Teo Macero
Originally released in 1959
Reissued in 2021
Side A :
- Blue Rondo A La Turk
- Strange Meadow Lark
- Take Five
- Three To Get Ready
- Kathy's Waltz
- Everybody's Jumpin'
- Pick Up Sticks
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The album was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Flame in 2009.
Time Out was the first jazz album to sell more than a million copies.
The album was certified platinum in 1997 and double platinum in 2011
« Dave Brubeck's defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time. It was a risky move -- Brubeck's record company wasn't keen on releasing such an arty project, and many critics initially roasted him for tampering with jazz's rhythmic foundation. But for once, public taste was more advanced than that of the critics. Buoyed by a hit single in altoist Paul Desmond's ubiquitous "Take Five," Time Out became an unexpectedly huge success, and still ranks as one of the most popular jazz albums ever. That's a testament to Brubeck and Desmond's abilities as composers, because Time Out is full of challenges both subtle and overt -- it's just that they're not jarring. Brubeck's classic "Blue Rondo à la Turk" blends jazz with classical form and Turkish folk rhythms, while "Take Five," despite its overexposure, really is a masterpiece; listen to how well Desmond's solo phrasing fits the 5/4 meter, and how much Joe Morello's drum solo bends time without getting lost. The other selections are richly melodic as well, and even when the meters are even, the group sets up shifting polyrhythmic counterpoints that nod to African and Eastern musics. Some have come to disdain Time Out as its become increasingly synonymous with upscale coffeehouse ambience, but as someone once said of Shakespeare, it's really very good in spite of the people who like it. It doesn't just sound sophisticated -- it really is sophisticated music, which lends itself to cerebral appreciation, yet never stops swinging. Countless other musicians built on its pioneering experiments, yet it's amazingly accessible for all its advanced thinking, a rare feat in any art form. This belongs in even the most rudimentary jazz collection. » AllMusic Review by Steve Huey
"The results speak for themselves: the platters from QRP are in my experience the most consistently flat and quiet being pressed today ... at least for the foreseeable here and now, Analogue Productions' newly mastered 45 RPM (Brubeck) is the edition to own. You'll hear it right from the familiar piano intro to "Blue Rondo a la Turk," where Brubeck's playing seems richer, more lyrical, more rhythmically alive. It seems to me that as our gear gets ever more quiet, these QRP LPs continue to wring more musical nuance from the finest recordings." Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, January 2013.
“I've now heard a number of LPs from Quality Record Pressings (QRP), Chad Kassem's year-and-a-half-old record-pressing plant. Before Time Out, I would have said that some positive trends were apparent from the earlier LPs I've heard. However, this current pressing is so much better than those that came before it, which were certainly very good, that it's obvious things have improved considerably over the past year. It's a positive sign when the noise floor is defined by the hiss of the master tape, not the quality of the pressing or vinyl, and that's the case here. Having heard many, many Pallas and RTI pressings, the main competition for QRP, I would say that QRP pressings combine the strengths of both its competitors: the very low surface noise and bottom-of-the-groove quiet of Pallas LPs and the sharp delineation of musical detail of RTI." Marc Mickelson, The Audio Beat, August 2012
The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s “Take Five” is arguably the most familiar and beloved jazz composition of all time. Written primarily by alto saxophonist Paul Desmond and recorded by the “classic” Quartet lineup (Brubeck, Desmond, drummer Joe Morello, and bassist Eugene Wright), it was the first jazz single to sell over a million copies, and remains the most recognized track on their iconic “Time Out” LP, which reached Double Platinum status in 2011. During live performances, audience members would request it with mid-concert shouts, and halls would erupt with recognition as Joe and Dave would swing into the distinctive 5/4 drum-and-piano intro.
AllMusic : 5 /5 , TAS : Music = 5/5; Sound = 5/5 , The Audio Beat : Sound = 4.5/5; Music = 5/5