LA PHIL RECOMMENDED: This most iconic of jazz recordings benefits remastering,
additional unreleased music, and companion dvd.
Boasting the first jazz instrumental to sell a million copies, the Paul Desmond-penned "Take Five,"
Time Out captures the celebrated jazz quartet at the height of both its popularity and its powers.
Recorded in 1959, the album combines superb performances by pianist Brubeck, alto saxophonist
Desmond, drummer Joe Morrello and bassist Gene Wright. Along with "Take Five," the album
features another one of the group's signature compositions, "Blue Rondo a la Turk."
Though influenced by the West Coast-cool school, Brubeck's greatest interest and contribution to
jazz was the use of irregular meters in composition, which he did with great flair. Much of the band's
appeal is due to Desmond, whose airy tone and fluid attack often carried the band's already strong
performances to another level. Together, he and Brubeck proved one of the most potent pairings of