The early recordings by Dave Brubeck(3)

July 28.2017

Photo above of The Dave Brubeck Octet(rehearsing, 1947)

Dave Brubeck had recorded as Dave Brubeck Octet before one year before the recording to Coronet label.

He had played with Paul Desmond in this recording.

Today I will post about his activities until this recording.

Photo above of Dave Brubeck, Michael Random and Darius Milhaud

In 1946 he discharged by the Army, and entered Mills College in Oakland to study under Darius Milhaud.

Dave learned counterpoint, theory, polyrhythms, and polytonality.

Milhaud immediately saw Brubeck’s potential.

So Milhaud suggested that Dave put together a band with other Milhaud students.

The band born in Milhaud’s classroom was initially called “The 8.”

It became the Dave Brubeck Octet.

Most of the members of the octet were studying with Milhaud.

Dave Brubeck, Bill Smith, Dave Van Kriedt, Jack Weeks, and Dick Collins.

Also from the Bay Area jazz community came Cal Tjader, Bob Collins, Ron Crotty, Paul Desmond and Bob Cummings.

Photo by courtesy of The New York Review of Books

In those days Paul Desmond and Cal Tjader were students at San Francisco State College.

I would like to post about Paul Desmond’s activities on another occasion.

Dave was extremely grateful to Darius Milhaud.

So he named his son’s name Darius Brubeck.

Photo above of Dave Brubeck and his son Darius Brubeck

Dave Brubeckは Coronetに録音する1年前に「Dave Brubeck Octet」としてPaul Desmondと共演した作品を残しています。
今日はDave BrubeckがPaul Desmondと出会う迄の活動について調べました。
1946年、陸軍から退役したDave Brubeckはオークランドの Mills Collegeに入学し、Darius Milhaudに師事しました。
Dave BrubeckはDarius Milhaudから音楽の「対位法」「理論」「ポリリズム」「多面性」等を学びました。
Darius MilhaudはDave Brubeckと出会った時から彼の才能を高く評価していました。
それ故Darius MilhaudはDave Brubeckを中心とした学生バンドの結成を提案しました。
Darius Milhaudのゼミ教室で誕生したバンドは、当初「The 8」と呼ばれていました。
その後「The 8」は「 Dave Brubeck Octet」として録音しています。
Octetの構成メンバーの多くはDarius Milhaudに師事していました。
そのメンバーはDave Brubeck,Bill Smith,Dave Van Kriedt,Jack Weeks,Dick Collinsです。
又、サンフランシスコ地区でジャズ活動をしていたCal Tjader, Bob Collins, Ron Crotty, Paul Desmond, Bob Cummingsが学生バンドに参加しました。
当時、Paul DesmondとCal Tjaderはサンフランシスコ州立大学の学生でした。
Paul Desmondの活動については別の機会に投稿したいと思います。DaveはDarius Milhaudを音楽の師匠として尊敬し息子の名前をDarius Brubeckと命名しています。

Here is Dave Brubeck Octet play “Playland at the Beach”.
Dick Collins (tp) Bob Collins (tb) Bill Smith (cl, bs) Paul Desmond (as) David Van Kriedt (ts) Dave Brubeck (p) Jack Weeks (b) Cal Tjader (ds)
“NBC audition”, San Francisco, CA, 1948

Here is Dave Brubeck Octet play “You Go To My Head”.
Dick Collins (tp) Bob Collins (tb) Bill Smith (cl, bs) Bob Cummings (as) David Van Kriedt (ts) Dave Brubeck (p) Jack Weeks (b) Cal Tjader (ds)
San Francisco, CA, 1948

Here is Dave Brubeck Octet play “The Way You Look Tonight”,”What Is This Thing Called Love”,”September In The Rain”,”Love Walked In”, I Hear A Rhapsody,“IPCA”,”How High The Moon”.
Dick Collins (tp) Bob Collins (tb) Bill Smith (cl, bs) Paul Desmond (as) David Van Kriedt (ts) Dave Brubeck (p) Jack Weeks (b) Cal Tjader (ds)
San Francisco, CA, July, 1950

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