Pin It

CD Review: Lifetimes 

click to enlarge Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Lifetimes, 2012, Blue Forest
  • Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Lifetimes, 2012, Blue Forest

Here comes yet another excellent release by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. Lifetimes possesses the necessary elements of this music—swing, vitality, and taste. Bassist and bass trombonist Chris Brubeck, drummer brother Dan, guitarist Mike DeMicco, and pianist Chuck Lamb decided on their fourth release to "show some heartfelt appreciation" for the compositions of Chris and Dan's father, pianist Dave Brubeck. With the death of Dave in December, predictably one could listen to Lifetimes with sadness and sympathy. Don't do that: Listen to it with as much swing, vitality, and taste as Lifetimes delivers.

Half of the tunes are Dave Brubeck's: "The Duke," composed in 1955 in tribute to Duke Ellington; "Jazzanians," inspired by keyboardist brother Darius's group; "My One Bad Habit," taken from a quip made by Ella Fitzgerald; and "Kathy's Waltz," penned for daughter Cathy (the misspelling lives on!). Lamb owns two compositions—the up-tempo "Go Round" and "The Girl from Massapequa." The quick-tappin' "Prezcence" belongs to DeMicco, a Hudson Valley resident. Not one tune takes a backseat to another, not even saxophonist Paul Desmond's classic "Take Five," the soulful, 10-minutes-plus romp that closes the release. If nostalgia does sting you as you're listening to Lifetimes, you'll smile as much as father Dave does in the CD jacket's family photo collage.

Speaking of...

  • Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson reviews Lifetimes by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Making the Cut: Decora

    A more serious and committed Hudson Valley musical figure than Decora does not come to mind. Everything the 32-year-old does and says comes with a breathtaking level of locked-down, unwaveringly intense focus.
    • Nov 1, 2015
  • The Way Home: Yungchen Lhamo

    Peter Aaron writes about the Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo.
    • Feb 1, 2016

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Latest in Music

Related to Music

  • Opera in Phoenicia Park
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park

    With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.
    • Jul 25, 2016
  • More »

More by Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

Hudson Valley Tweets