At Carnegie Hall
is a jazz album
by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
. It was recorded at the famed Carnegie Hall
in New York City
on February 21, 1963. It was described by critic Richard Palmer as "arguably Dave Brubeck's greatest concert" and a "truly majestic record that should be in every serious collection"; for Don Mather it is "one of the all time great live jazz performances".
Ironically, original expectations for the concert were low. Not only was drummer Joe Morello recovering from a case of the flu at the time, but New York had been suffering from a newspaper strike, and the group was worried that the attendance would be sparse.
The worries were groundless: the hall was full; the group, whose long history together (the newest member, bassist Wright, had joined four years earlier) had by then made them extraordinarily close-knit, turned in an exciting, sparkling performance. It featured a remarkable level of co-ordination among the members of the group, at the same time as they display a relaxed yet powerful virtuosity. The latter was especially displayed in their numerous extended, yet still melodious, solo improvisations.
High points include a particularly swinging rendition of For All We Know
, relaxed and assured versions of Brubeck's odd-meter material (especially Three To Get Ready
and It's a Raggy Waltz
) and a memorable, powerful, and fascinating drum solo on Castilian Drums
where Morello works up from pianissimo finger drumming, thru... Read More