Dave Brubeck, one of the most original and popular jazz musicians since the Second World War, died today, one day short of his 92nd birthday.
I’m sure there will be plenty of good obituaries of him, so rather than write my own I thought I’d simply draw people’s attention to the existence of a Scottish Television archive broadcast of a Brubeck concert at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh from their old In Concert series.
It’s not one of the classic quartets with Paul Desmond, or the oft-overlooked but excellent group with Gerry Mulligan, but a later-day Brubeck ensemble (Randy Jones, Chris Brubeck and Bill Smith) accompanied by the (Royal) Scottish National Orchestra. There’s no date, but judging by some of the musicians appearing in other broadcasts in the series (e.g. Altered Images) I reckon it’s from sometime in the early 1980s.
Scottish Television don’t let you embed their videos, but you can find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlbruIg6-1Y. It’s just under an hour long.