Nine months after their success at Oberlin, the Brubeck Quartet appeared in concert at the College of the Pacific. It was a homecoming for Dave, a graduate of the Stockton, California school where his musical talent first began to unfold, and the reception was enthusiastic. The importance of the Quartet, which established the viability of jazz attractions in the college market and brought a whole generation of students into the jazz fold, is too often overlooked today. As this music shows, they didn't do it by pandering to their audience. They were clearly involved and committed, and the interaction between Dave and Paul Desmond, and the altoist's gentle humor and melodic grace, contrasting with the leader's intensity, could be captivating. Here, they are off and running, on the track to fame.
All the Things You Are, Laura, Lullaby in Rhythm, I'll Never Smile Again, I Remember You, For All We Know