Darius Brubeck expresses Solidarity with both the past and the present

What's new this week? Approaching the 60th anniversary of the release of Time Out Qobuz for one are releasing the single 'Earthrise' from Live in Poland by the Darius Brubeck Quartet on Friday. 2020 has hitherto been indicated as a release date for …

Published: 11 Nov 2019. Updated: 2 years.

What's new this week? Approaching the 60th anniversary of the release of Time Out Qobuz for one are releasing the single 'Earthrise' from Live in Poland by the Darius Brubeck Quartet on Friday. 2020 has hitherto been indicated as a release date for the album itself. The release of the CD version is looking like 13 December just a day short of 60 years since the release of Time Out.

Live in Poland was recorded at the Blue Note in Poznan and has a fascinating back story because Brubeck (the eldest son of Dave Brubeck) as a small child while touring with his father actually made his first public performance in Poland so with this new recording the past and present in a sense are rolled into one.

Brubeck is quoted on the issuing label Ubuntu's website: “I was invited to Poland three times in 2018, the 60th anniversary of the 1958 classic Dave Brubeck Quartet’s tour of this country. With the end of World War I in 1918, it was also the 100th anniversary of Polish independence. Szczecin (where I played on stage for the first time when I was 10 years old) was the first stop on the 1958 tour and the first city visited during my initial trip. I appeared for one number, inevitably “Take Five”, with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as part of the celebrations.”

“I was deeply moved to find that my father’s tour was associated in the Solidarity Museum with the beginning of the movement that liberated Poland from Soviet domination. Szczecin Jazz invited me back with my London-based quartet to perform at an arts festival the following month. The third time was for a tour of the six cities where the Dave Brubeck Quartet had performed; the first American jazz group to play behind the ‘Iron Curtain’, starting in – you guessed it – Szczecin. Suffused with political meaning for the audience and my boyhood memories of witnessing the devastation left by war with my late brother Michael and my parents, this was no ordinary concert tour.”

Brubeck has been playing material from the album live and at the Limerick Jazz Festival recently for instance the quartet played the complex 'Earth Rise', grooving 'Matt the Cat' (the Matt in question is bassist Matt Ridley), and the beautiful 'Sea of Troubles.'

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