Album #23 – Time Out
This album was swinging. This is an album that I own in my collection. Take Five is the biggest track off this album. I love the time signature in it and the drum solo. This album is famous for its odd and unique time signatures in its songs. Blue Rondo A La Turk is one of those such songs. I love how in that track, the musicians switch back and forth between a Turkish rhythm and a swinging jazz beat. It is remarkable and a delight for the ears. While Kind of Blue has been hailed as the greatest jazz album ever, this album has been hailed as the jazz album that has sold the most copies. Take Five is one of the few jazz songs to place high in the pop charts and it even went to number five on the easy listening/adult contemporary charts in 1961. This album is perfect for a nice Sunday afternoon. It is not too abrupt. Paul Desmond’s sax solos are perfect and he has a way of playing the sax like no other. The rhythm section is tight and can do no wrong. Brubeck’s piano playing and sound is also unique and warm sounding. I put off buying this album on CD, partially because the album was priced too high, but I eventually bought it about 3 or 4 years ago. It sounds amazing even after being out for 51 years. The CD re-master from 1998 does not dilute the sound. It sounds just as warm and fresh as it would on vinyl. Highlights on this album include: Blue Rondo A La Turk, Strange Meadow Lark, Take Five and Kathy’s Waltz. Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5. A great Jazz album and one that deserves to be in any collection.
Next: The 1960’s begin with Joan Baez’s self-titled 1960 album.