THE BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET RELEASES “TIMELINE” CELEBRATING DAVE BRUBECK’S HISTORIC 1958 STATE DEPARTMENT TOUR AVAILABLE MARCH 19, 2018 ON BLUE FOREST RECORDSCHRIS BRUBECK and DAN BRUBECK are extensions of a remarkable jazz legacy. Although they toured and recorded with their father extensively, the immensely popular and influential jazz innovator Dave Brubeck, Chris and Dan have forged their own musical identities.
Bass player and trombonist Chris and drummer Dan have previously released four albums with their band BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET. Along with their musical compatriots, MIKE DeMICCO on guitar and CHUCK LAMB on piano, they are releasing their newest CD, TIMELINE (Blue Forest Records, MARCH 19, 2018) celebrating the 60th anniversary of Dave Brubeck’s seminal State Department Tour as an official jazz ambassador for the United States.
In 1958, the U.S. and the Soviet Union were engaged in the Cold War, and the U.S. State Department deployed American popular culture as one of the country’s most effective secret weapons. Jazz is one of America's most important cultural exports, and this 80-concert tour took Dave to 14 countries across Eurasia. The tour was designed to promote democracy and build bridges to the artistic and intellectual communities behind the Iron Curtain and throughout the Middle East. Being exposed to new cultures and new musical languages had a big impact on Dave's compositions and consequently on the jazz world as well. TIMELINE includes tunes written by Dave inspired by that 1958 tour which have been freshly re-arranged by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, as well as some compelling new originals by Chuck Lamb, Mike DeMicco and Chris Brubeck.
On TIMELINE, the band begins “Far More Blue” in a laid-back 4/4 approach that breaks into a fast 5/4 groove. The tune features a superb polyrhythmic drum solo by Dan. “Easy as You Go” was originally featured in “The Real Ambassadors,” a jazz musical developed by Dave and Iola Brubeck which featured Louis Armstrong. The show, which drew upon experiences the Brubecks had on the State Department tour, was about the important role that musicians play as unofficial ambassadors for their countries. This ballad has a sultry vibe and features Chris’s lush trombone playing. “My dad knew the lyrics to every song he played. He said you can’t play a song well unless you know the words to it,” says Chris. “This tune is really an example of the amazing partnership my parents had and how Dave’s music and Iola’s lyrics really informed each other. That’s why I’m particularly conscious of the phrasing on this tune.” “Since Love Had Its Way” is the most straight-ahead tune on the CD and features a swinging solo by DeMicco on guitar and hip bass/scat solo by Chris.
Dave’s original version of “Tritonis” stuck to a 12-bar blues cycle but here the band changes up the structure considerably to give it a more contemporary feel. The BBQ turns “The Golden Horn,” (which originally appeared on Dave’s “Jazz Impressions of Eurasia”) into a high-energy piece featuring nimble and clearly articulated fretwork by DeMicco contrasting with some half-time funk and a dizzying piano performance by Lamb. The band closes the CD with “Thank You” (Dziekuje in Polish), a tune Dave was inspired to write after a visit to Chopin’s house during the tour. Dave played the tune romantically, but the Quartet plays it here as a 5/4 quasi-bossa nova.
There are also several original compositions on this disc, including “Boundward Home” by Lamb. It’s the only tune on the CD written in 3/4 and evokes the spirit of adventure and travel. Lamb also contributed “Prime Directive,” a title which sounds like the kind of official jargon one would hear from the State Department. It’s a celebratory tune with many influences, including a sizzling Latin section. Chris wrote “3 Wise Men” with a Middle Eastern feel to commemorate Dave’s trip, and DeMicco wrote “North Coast,” a contemporary, straightahead tune with an urban edge.
On TIMELINE the Brubeck Brothers Quartet explores odd time signatures while integrating the blues, contemporary jazz, and world music with exciting new arrangements of classic Dave Brubeck tunes plus original compositions. As with all truly spontaneous jazz artists, the band is not afraid to take chances and pushes the envelope to create a rewarding and inventive musical journey.
1. Blue Rondo a la Turk 7:29 (Dave Brubeck)
2. Far More Blue 6:56 (Dave Brubeck)
3. Easy As You Go 6:11 (Dave Brubeck)
4. Since Love Had Its Way 5:43 (Dave Brubeck)
5. Boundward Home 6:30 (Chuck Lamb)
6. Tritonis 7:43 (Dave Brubeck)
7. The Golden Horn 4:36 (Dave Brubeck)
8. 3 Wise Men 6:29 (Chris Brubeck)
9. North Coast 4:35 (Mike DeMicco)
10. Prime Directive 7:00 (Chuck Lamb)
11. Thank You (Dziekuje) 6:50 (Dave Brubeck)
PRO MUSICA, JOPLIN, MO
Joplin, MO, April 21, 2018 | 7:30 PM
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is honored to perform in Joplin as part of the Pro Musica series.
THE BLUE ROOM, AMERICAN JAZZ MUSEUM
Kansas City, MO, April 22, 2018 | 4:00 PM
The BBQ is excited to be playing at The Blue Room in Kansas City for the first time!
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, PHOENIX, AZ
Phoenix, AZ, April 26, 2018 | 7:30 PM
The Brubeck Brothers are excited to be returning to MIM - we love this place!
THE SMITH CENTER
Las Vegas, NV, April 27, 2018 | 7:00 PM
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet returns to The Smith Center in Las Vegas.
THE SMITH CENTER
Las Vegas, NV, April 28, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Brubeck Brothers Quartet returns to The Smith Center in Las Vegas.
Oakland, CA, May 1, 2018 | 8:00 PM
JACK LONDON REVUE, PORTLAND, OR
Portland, OR, May 2, 2018 | 7:00 PM
2 shows: 7 pm & 10 pm
THE SEQUOIA ROOM
Fort Bragg, CA, May 4, 2018 | 8:00 PM
GUALALA ARTS CENTER
Gualala, CA, May 5, 2018 | 7:00 PM
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet are excited to be returning to Gualala.
BACH DANCING & DYNAMITE SOCIETY
Half Moon Bay, CA, May 6, 2018 | 4:30 PM
We're happy to return to Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society on the beach at Half Moon Bay.
JAZZ FORUM, TARRYTOWN, NY
Tarrytown, NY, May 18, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Happy to be playing at The Jazz Forum for the first time! NOTE: Two seatings: 7:00 & 9:30 pm
JAZZ FORUM, TARRYTOWN, NY
Tarrytown, NY, May 19, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Note: two seatings: 7:00 & 9:30
SOUTH JERSEY JAZZ SUMMER SERIES
Somers Point, NJ, June 20, 2018 | 7:30 PM
COHOES MUSIC HALL
Cohoes, NY, June 24, 2018 | 7:00 PM
We are looking forward to our first visit to this beautiful theater!
ROCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL
Rochester, NY, June 26, 2018 | 4:00 PM
BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET IN PRAGUE
náměstí Republiky 3, New Town, Czechia, June 30, 2018 | 8:00 PM
We are excited to be performing in Prague this summer as part of the annual Prague Proms!