I believe that Dave Brubeck’s CD, “One Alone,” is his third
solo outing on the Telarc label. During the mid 1950’s, he
released a couple of records on the Columbia and Fantasy
labels, but otherwise, all of his recordings have been
collaborations, most famously with his eponymous quartet.
Its most preeminent incarnation during the late 1950’s
through the late 1960’s featured bassist Eugene Wright,
drummer Joe Morello, and saxophonist Paul Desmond.
Brubeck (1920-2012) has also written Classical works
involving full symphony orchestras and choruses.
It’s still always intriguing to hear what a great Jazz pianist
can accomplish when playing solo. Brubeck was definitely
one of the “greats,” and other solo efforts include those
from Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Bill Evans, and
Duke Ellington. Even bassist Charles Mingus
recorded a piano album!
Anyway, the 13 tracks on this 63-minute disc were warm,
congenial renderings of such old favorites as
“That Old Feeling,” “One Alone,” “Someone to Watch
Over Me,” and two pieces by Brubeck, “Summer Song”
and “Weep No More,” which was a composition he initially
recorded during the 1950’s. These CD tracks were
recorded between 1997 and 2000, and the Telarc sound
was quite good. Obviously, Brubeck had a fondness for
the popular songs of the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s. While
these performances may have been planned in advance,
the end result was wonderful and spontaneous.