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Time Out Original recording remastered, Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (April 22 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Enhanced
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002AGN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Rondo ? la Turk
2. Strange Meadow Lark
3. Take Five
4. Three To Get Ready
5. Kathy's Waltz
6. Everybody's Jumpin'
7. Pick Up Sticks

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Boasting the first jazz instrumental to sell a million copies, the Paul Desmond-penned "Take Five," Time Out captures the celebrated jazz quartet at the height of both its popularity and its powers. Recorded in 1959, the album combines superb performances by pianist Brubeck, alto saxophonist Desmond, drummer Joe Morrello and bassist Gene Wright. Along with "Take Five," the album features another one of the group's signature compositions, "Blue Rondo a la Turk." Though influenced by the West Coast-cool school, Brubeck's greatest interest and contribution to jazz was the use of irregular meters in composition, which he did with great flair. Much of the band's appeal is due to Desmond, whose airy tone and fluid attack often carried the band's already strong performances to another level. Together, he and Brubeck proved one of the most potent pairings of the era. --Fred Goodman

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerlaw on April 30 2012
Format: Audio CD
Dave Brubeck's defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time. It was a risky move -- Brubeck's record company wasn't keen on releasing such an arty project, and many critics initially roasted him for tampering with jazz's rhythmic foundation. But for once, public taste was more advanced than that of the critics. Buoyed by a hit single in altoist Paul Desmond's ubiquitous "Take Five," Time Out became an unexpectedly huge success, and still ranks as one of the most popular jazz albums ever. That's a testament to Brubeck and Desmond's abilities as composers, because Time Out is full of challenges both subtle and overt -- it's just that they're not jarring. Brubeck's classic "Blue Rondo à la Turk" blends jazz with classical form and Turkish folk rhythms, while "Take Five," despite its overexposure, really is a masterpiece; listen to how well Desmond's solo phrasing fits the 5/4 meter, and how much Joe Morello's drum solo bends time without getting lost. The other selections are richly melodic as well, and even when the meters are even, the group sets up shifting polyrhythmic counterpoints that nod to African and Eastern musics. Some have come to disdain Time Out as it's become increasingly synonymous with upscale coffeehouse ambience, but as someone once said of Shakespeare, it's really very good in spite of the people who like it. It doesn't just sound sophisticated -- it really is sophisticated music, which lends itself to cerebral appreciation, yet never stops swinging. Countless other musicians built on its pioneering experiments, yet it's amazingly accessible for all its advanced thinking, a rare feat in any art form. This belongs in even the most rudimentary jazz collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Ketchersid on Dec 3 2006
Format: Audio CD
Dave Brubeck was in Houston for a concert last night, and we were listening to this album on the way there. A classic album, a classic artist. Though there was no Paul Desmond at the concert, it was fantastic to finally get to hear Dave in person.

It's hard to pick a favorite tune from this album, as they are all wonderful to listen to. "Take Five", the main hit from this album, sounds great on this remastered version, and it sounded amazing as his 85 year old hands tickled the ivories at the concert. Bobby Militello filled in well and amply for Paul Desmond on sax at the performance, by the way.

In addition to "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo A La Turk", I also enjoy "Kathy's Waltz" and "Everybody's Jumpin'", with the Sax lead opening and Dave's piano answering, and the following exchange and counter point.

Also, if you have not heard any of Dave Brubeck's choral arrangements, I would highly recommend them. They were played last night with the Dave Brubeck quartet, the Houston Chamber Choir and a brass section. Simply amazing. You can find them on his albums "The Gates of Justice" and "To Hope".
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Judging from the other mixed comments on this page, it seems that this album is still being taken several different ways, just as it was in 1959. Want something easy & accessible for the new jazz fan? Like inventive solos and spontaneous group communication? Interested in odd rhythms and time signatures? Looking for something smooth-swinging that'll provide some nice background music? Well, the appeal of Time Out is that it works beautifully on *all* those levels. It started as a simple experiment in branching out beyond steady 4/4 time - which may not seem too rare now, but at the time it was pretty weird stuff - and was never intended to be anything more. But it's one of those works where everything falls into place so naturally it's uncanny, and the result from these sessions really caught on, due largely to the sinuous addictingness of "Take Five." You've probably heard that one somewhere, whether you know it or not.
There's more to offer in the way of rhythm, from the catchy alternating 4/4 and 9/8 of "Blue Rondo a la Turk" to the slow-hopping swing of "Three to Get Ready" to the easy-walking 6/4 beat of "Pick Up Sticks." The group has a wonderful chemistry. They listen and respond to each other but it never seems awkward or forced; they're all just having fun, and that's what really makes the whole affair sound so informal and inviting.
I wouldn't hold all its popularity against it - like Miles Davis's Kind of Blue and John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, Time Out is one of those classics that transcends its genre and succeeds wildly without sacrificing any of its quality. And like those other two albums it's highly recommended for jazz neophytes, absolutely essential for any serious collection, and even remains pretty enjoyable to non-jazz fans too. So simply put, if you have any interest in jazz at all, you need this disc. No way around it.
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Dave Brubeck met with Paul Desmond to create an album whose sole purpose was to be an experimentation with odd times in jazz. It resulted in a classic hit single, and opened the doorway for experimental avenues in jazz and other music through the use of shifting meters.
Go figure.
"Blue Rondo A La Turk" is here, in its 9/8 glory, with that amazing slink into 4/4 blues(gotta love Eugene Wright walking that bass!) we all know and love. "Take Five" will always be remembered for that crazy Joe Morello drum solo and snaky sax line, all with Brubeck's classic 5/4 vamp underneath it. Other gems are present as well, from the easy/laidback "Strange Meadowlark" to the silly time changes of "Kathy's Waltz" and "Pick Up Sticks."
This is a great jazz album for newbies to jazz, with it's fun rhythms, upbeat nature, and excellent technical performance(just enough to keep things interesting without going over the top). A classic if there ever was one--with popular sales and critical acclaim to boot.
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