DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET — AUDREY — 1954

Please look and listen to Audrey, one of the most beautiful collective improvisations by the earlier edition of the fabulous Dave Brubeck Quartet.

From the original liners to Brubeck Time:

Audrey is a truly ‘impromptu’ number.

In a wistful mood, photographer-cineast Gijon Mili, who was present at the session, suddenly declared:

“I’d like to see Audrey Hepburn come walking through the woods …”

Still half lost in his thoughts, Paul Desmond replied:

“So would I.”

Dave started counting – “One, two, three, four…” – and that’s how Audrey was born.

Something a mystery indeed, but what else could you expect at a session with these four guys.

The ‘guys’: Paul Desmond (as), Dave Brubeck (p), Bob Bates (b) and Joe Dodge (d) – October 12, 1954;

Blog owner’s note from Nov. 25, 2012: This article has been updated several times already. I will let you, dear readers, know as soon as some other version of “Audrey” will surface (scroll down for the newest). – And I have substituted the digital tracks with transfers from the original LP’s.

Here the cover of my LP (Update: I’ve sold it; and everyone should beware of this, ’cause there are some transfer-flaws on this very release by Philips):

The original cover (I’ve purchased the original release two years ago):

P.S. — Bud Powell’s Audrey - also a blues - should be heard too.

Blog owner’s note: This track stems from the Blue-Note-LP UK-release “The Amazing Bud Powell – Vol. 2″.

It’s not DMM, or with electronic stereo, and such gimmicks.

Bud Powell (p) George Duvivier (b) Art Taylor (d) - WOR Studios, NYC, August 14, 1953

>>—> A grande, nevertheless quiet 2nd P.S. <—<<

Here’s “Makin’ Time” from the same DBQ session; it’s just another walk with “Audrey”:

One more with “Audrey” (here entitled “Pilgrim’s Progress”), on Paul Desmond’s 88th birthday, celebrated today, November 25, 2012, at Doug’s Rifftides.

Notes by the uploader:

Interesting variation on the famous “Audrey”, recorded in the summer of 1956 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Norman Bates on bass & Joe Dodge on drums.

Since the other video with “Audrey” seems to be gone for good, here is, at minute 4:55, a later ‘live’ version of “Audrey”:

I will treasure this LP (Time Out) as long as I live because master Dave Brubeck has signed it for me when he was in Cologne ’round two-thousand-and-three:

“Swing it, Dave, swing it!”

Another addition based on “Audrey’s” chord progression, posted today (December 2, 2012) at Doug Ramsey’s Rifftides:

Now, as a very big P.S., a lovely scene from the wonderful film which certainly inspired my great jazz colleagues to their portraits of “Audrey”: Roman Holiday (1953)

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