“The Dave Brubeck Quartet At Carnegie Hall“ is an album from The Dave Brubeck Quartet, and was recorded at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 21, 1963. It was described by critic Richard Palmer as “arguably Dave Brubeck’s greatest concert” and a “truly majestic record that should be in every serious collection”; for Don Mather it is “one of the all time great live jazz performances”.
High points include a particularly swinging rendition of For All We Know; relaxed and assured versions of Brubeck’s odd-meter material, especially Three To Get Ready and It’s a Raggy Waltz; and a memorable, powerful, and virtuosic drum solo on Castilian Drums where Joe Morello works up from pianissimo finger drumming through brushwork to thrillingly exuberant stickwork.
The highlight of the concert is a remarkable rendition of the Brubeck classic Blue Rondo a la Turk, which starts off at a seemingly impossible pace, builds in intensity as the tempo first slows for some vibrant solos, and then doubles again for a thrilling climax.
Original Issue. Original “Stereo 360 Sound” Label. Columbia C2S 826. 1964. 2 Discs. VG****