'Bennett-Brubeck-The White House Sessions, 1962,' coming May 28

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:00 AM Written by 

bennett-brubeckL-R: Joe Morello, Eugene Wright, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck (Photo courtesy Legacy Recordings)


On August 28, 1962, two of the greatest names in American jazz performed at the Kennedy White House for what was called the "White House Seminar American Jazz Concert," part of activities to honor White House summer interns.  Featured were the Dave Brubeck Quartet, renowned for the Time Out album and of course, for "Take Five."  The other was Tony Bennett who at that very moment was enjoying a hit single with what would become his signature song, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco."

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.





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