Feature CD of the Week

Feature CD Of The Week: Brubeck Brothers Quartet's "Timeline"

For Release: April 15, 2018
Review by Malvin Massey, Jr., 4/15/2018

Feature CD of the Week

The Feature CD of the Week is from a very prestigious jazz family. It is titled Timeline from the Brubeck Brothers Quartet.

Bass player/trombonist Chris Brubeck and his brother, drummer and percussionist Dan Brubeck, have already released four CDs with Mike DeMicco on guitar and Chuck Lamb on piano.

This latest album is a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Dave Brubeck's legendary State Department Tour as an official jazz ambassador for the United States. Chris and Dan honed their collective skills as members of their dad's band before striking out on their own.

They are not clones of Dave, but they are original and innovative composers and performers in their own right. But what would you expect from guys with their pedigree?

Sons of pianist, composer Dave Brubeck, and lyricist, manager Lola Brubeck, Chris and Dan, along with older brother Darius, have continued a tradition of music that made their father the most popular jazz artist of the 50's and early 60's.

This popularity has been determined to have come from Lola, who suggested that the quartet of Dave, Paul Desmond on sax, Eugene Wright on bass, and Joe Morello on drums take their music to college campuses and the rest is history.

Now these two brothers have created an album that examines interesting time signatures and incorporates Blues, contemporary jazz, and world music together in an exciting and different way.

Seven of the tunes are a re-imagining of their father's work with four compositions from the individual members of the group. This music displays the diversity of their experiences and an instinct to incorporate new ideas in their music.