Recorded at roughly the same time as the popular “Time Out”
album in 1959, “Gone With the Wind,” by the Dave Brubeck
Quartet consisted of nine songs with themes dealing with
the South; hence, the title of this album.
The cool “easy-listening” nature of these tunes could
mislead “hard-core” Jazz aficionados into underrating the
pedigrees of the musicians in this group. However, anyone
who has heard a sampling of this quartet’s music would know
that Eugene Wright, Joe Morello, Paul Desmond, and
Dave Brubeck are as accomplished on their instruments as
any other Jazz musicians of their era (late 1950’s to late 1960’s),
and more so than most. Don’t let the easy-going, popular
nature of their music fool you!
Clearly, “Gone With the Wind” was a less “important” album
than “Time Out,” but was still enjoyable, if not particularly
challenging. Many of the tunes on “Time Out” were written
in unusual time signatures, including probably the most
famous Jazz tune ever, “Take Five.”
Nevertheless, there should always be a place for the
music on “Gone With the Wind,” particularly when it’s played
so stylishly. I love the floating, airy quality of Paul Desmond’s
alto saxophone, as well as the incredible finesse of Joe Morello’s
brushwork on the drums. Perhaps it’s not one for the history
books, but I liked it.