Thursday, August 20, 2009
Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, 1975: The Duets, Verve
Crap I was listening to when this came out, what a waste. If they're eminently sympathetic on the other things in their oeuvre, like muy famoso Time Out, the point is only put into bas-relief by the duet setting. Nowhere more than on Koto Song, a stunning six-minute improvisation, and Balcony Rock, two minutes that says about six minutes worth. A musical delight. Be sure to stay to the end for the live version of You Go To My Head, which inspired the idea of a duet recording.