The indomitable Dave Brubeck isn't resting on his considerable laurels—he's reinventing himself in this exciting album of eleven new compositions, Dave hearkens back to his style of the '50s, reinterpreted for today.
So What's New? is proof of the pianist/composer's unflagging creativity. For decades, Brubeck has been turning out a stream of jazz compositions and large scale works for chorus and orchestra. The ever-expanding body of work shows him to be one of the most vital American composers ever.
What's new? How about 12 never-before-recorded compositions, several written just for this recording. Brubeck's quartet turns in inspired interpretations and terrific solos, especially by alto sax player Bobby Militello and the pianist/composer himself.
There are a brilliant variety of tunes that reflect many facets of Brubeck's musical interests. "Chorale" comes from Dave's admiration of J.S. Bach and is adapted from part of his "Chromatic Fantasy." "Fourth of July" is a study in fourths and makes a great jazz tune, while "Her Name is Nancy," a harmonically and rhythmically complex tune, is hard to play but easy on the ears. "Marian McPartland," a tribute to the esteemed pianist/educator, has a bounce and catchy melody which stays with you. There are countless treats on this CD.
There is always something to look forward to from the indefatigable Dave Brubeck, still going strong and influencing the music he has helped shape.