The tapes were not unknown, like the 1967 Brubeck Quartet final concert in Pittsburgh, released in 2011. One selection from the performance, "That Old Black Magic" pairing Bennett with Brubeck (with alto great Paul Desmond taking five) and his rhythm section (Eugene Wright, bass and drummer Joe Morello--see photo above) appeared on a couple previous Brubeck collections. The rest of the performance, however, has never been released. Until now.
May 28, Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony, will release the complete performance as Bennett-Brubeck: The White House Sessions. It features two brief sets by each with Bennett joining Brubeck for a few tunes at the end. Bennett brought his own trio: pianist Ralph Sharon, who remained with him for decades, bassist Hal Gaylor and drummer Billy Exiner, who worked with Bennett for many years. Included, of course, are "Take Five" and "Castillian Blues" by Brubeck, and "Just In Time," "Lullabye of Broadway" and "San Francisco" by Bennett.