Monday, August 17, 2009

Classic thirty six - Everyone needs Time Out


TAKE Five, easily the most recognisable track on The Dave Brubeck Quartet's 1959 jazz album Time Out, was the first ever million-selling jazz single.
You've heard it, even if you didn't know it at the time.
Yet the group achieved this unprecedented commercial success while pushing the boundaries of the genre, with the album typified by the use of unusual time signatures.
In fact the seminal cool jazz album was intended merely as an experiment, and was derided by critics on its release.
But this fluid approach to the beat does not stop the album from swinging - actually Time Out is exactly that, sheer get-away-from-it-all in LP form.
Because despite the sophisticated nature of the music, there's nothing here that in any way detracts from listening to Time Out being an absolute timeless pleasure.

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