Time Out Album is by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the American jazz group which consisted of Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright and Joe Morello.
The album was released on the 14th of December 1959 under the Columbia Records label.
The Time Out album, made up of cool and West Coast jazz, was recorded at 30th Street Studio, New York City. Best known as known as Columbia 30th Street Studio, it has played host to many of the greatest musicians who used the studio for recording. Many of the classic albums of all time were recorded there including Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Pink Floyd’s 1979 The Wall.
The Time Out album was first intended as an experiment; it used musical styles Dave Brubeck had seen while on a US State Department-sponsored tour of Europe and parts of Asia. Their record label would only agree to release the album after the Dave Brubeck Quartet had recorded Gone with the Wind, a more conventional work of traditional songs that paid tribute to the US State of Georgia.
Upon release, the Time Out album received negative reviews in the music press. Despite the poor reception, it went on to become one of the most well-known and biggest-selling jazz albums of all time.
The most famous single from the album is ” Take Five “. Written by Paul Desmond, who was a jazz alto saxophonist and composer and member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. The jazz standard was the one track not written by Dave Brubeck for the album.
The single, which differs from the LP recording, was first released on the 21st of September 1959. However, it wasn’t until later in 1961 that it became a chart hit.
Reissued on the 22nd of May 1961, ” Take Five ” reached number twenty-five on the Billboard Hot 100in the United States and spent six weeks on the chart. It also made five on the Easy Listening chart.
In the United Kingdom, the record entered the UK Singles Chart on the 1st of November 1961 and peaked at number six. It spent five weeks in the Top Ten and fifteen weeks on the chart there. ” Take Five ” also became a hit elsewhere in Europe. It peaked at seventy-three in Austria, forty-eight in France and eight in the Netherlands.
The Time Out album became a commercial success for the Dave Brubeck Quartet. In the United States, it peaked at number two on the Billboard 200. The Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) has certified it Platinum with sales of over one million. In December 2012 it returned to the chart for three weeks after peaking at 123.
In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 25th of June 1960 and reached number eleven. It spent one week in the Top Twenty and stayed on the chart for one week.
The album also made fourteen in Germany and 136 in France.
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About Dave Brubeck Quartet
The Dave Brubeck Quartet formed in 1951 in San Francisco, California, United States. The quartet, which parted company in December 1967, was made up of Dave Brubeck on piano, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright on Bass and drummer Joe Morello.
Leader, Dave Brubeck, began playing the piano at the age of four. At thirteen he was playing the piano with local hillbilly, Dixieland and swing bands. While at College of Pacific in 1941-42, where he majored in music, he had a 12-piece orchestra.
His earliest records were released on Coronet, which was taken over by Fantasy after closing due to not paying bills. He continued to record for the new label until 1954.
After playing in clubs around San Francisco, the quartet rose quickly to the top of jazz combos and soon after became known nationally. They went on tour in 1958 taking in England, Europe and the Middle East.
Along with being recognised as one of the most important jazz musicians in history, Dave Brubeck also composed orchestral and sacred music. Additionally, he wrote many soundtracks for television including Mr Broadway and animated children’s series This Is America, Charlie Brown.
To date, The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s album releases are 109, which includes compilations, solo, live concerts, live sessions and musical soundtracks.
During his 60+ years in the music business, he received many national and international honours. They include the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Smithsonian Medal.
He was awarded many honorary doctorates from universities in America, Canada, England and Germany, which also included an honorary degree in Sacred Theology from Switzerland’s Fribourg University.
On the 8th of February 1960, he was inducted on to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, USA.
Dave Warren Brubeck died on the 5th of December 2012 of heart failure in Norwalk, Connecticut. It was the day before he would have turned 92.
Time Out Album Track Listing:
1. Blue Rondo à la Turk
2. Strange Meadow Lark
3. Take Five
4. Three to Get Ready
5. Kathy’s Waltz
6. Everybody’s Jumpin’
7. Pick Up Sticks