Share the vision of pianist-composer Dave Brubeck on One Alone. This is his first solo piano recording since 1996's A Dave Brubeck Christmas (CD-83410) and 1994's Just You, Just Me (CD-83363).
Known for his trademark rhythmic complexity and extraordinary ability to improvise, Brubeck tells the story of these thirteen songs in his own special way:
"That Old Feeling" was a vehicle for vocalists from Frank Sinatra to Louis Armstrong.
Ruth Lowe's "I'll Never Smile Again" was first made famous by the 1939 recording by Tommy Dorsey featuring Frank Sinatra.
"One Alone" is from the Oscar Hammerstein II/Sigmund Romberg operetta of 1926, "The Desert Song."
"You've Got Me Crying" was popularized by the torch singer Ruth Etting in l933.
"Someone to Watch Over Me," a Gershwin favorite, comes from the 1926 musical Oh Kay!
"Just Squeeze Me" was a special number for the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
"Harbor Lights" was first made popular by Rudy Vallee in 1940.
Ellington's talented son, Mercer, wrote "Things Ain't What They Used to Be."
"Summer Song," a Brubeck original, evokes the lazy torpor of a day by the pond.
"Red Sails in the Sunset," a hit for Bing Crosby in l935, was later refurbished by Nat "King" Cole in 1951.
"Weep No More" is, according to composer Brubeck, "the oldest of my compositions, written in l945."
"Bye, Bye Blues" was a vehicle for Cab Calloway in l941, then Les Paul and Mary Ford in l953.
Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow" was a hit in 1939 for Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz.
There is a tendency in the music community to undervalue the work of jazz pioneers such as Dave Brubeck, because of their great popularity and hit songs. One Alone, Brubeck's tenth album with Telarc, shows how expansive his creative skills really are.
This new release paves the way for a yearlong celebration in 2001, when Brubeck celebrates his 80th birthday. Major concerts and publicity events are being planned to commemorate this event.