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THE HINDUSTAN TIMES, NEW DELHI, APRIL 9, 1958 Delightful Jazz Concert PERFORMANCE BY U.S. GROUP BY A MUSIC CRITIC New ground was broken in the field of Western music concerts in Delhi on Tuesday when the Delhi University Music Society, in co-operation with the American National Theatre and Academy and the U.S.I.S., presented for nearly two hours a delightful jazz concert by the celebrated U.S. group, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, featuring Dave Brubeck (piano), Paul Desmond (saxophone), Joe Morello (drums) and Gene Wright (double bass). The concert first of its kind in Delhi was held as the title implies in the Delhi University gardens on an improvised platform in the open and was attended by thousands of jazz enthusiasts, including quite a fair proportion of children and even a few infants, the concert being free and open to all. For lovers of the 20th century jazz a more varied and delightful programme could not have been presented, in which the beauty of tone and the technical possibilities of each of the instruments were fully exploited. As Dave Brubeck explained, jazz music lends itself to a “considerable amount of improvisation and in this respect it bears comparison with Indian music where singers and musicians allow themselves a good deal of liberty within, of course, well defined limits and convention. Out of 20 or so numbers it is difficult to pick and choose and although the team was somewhat handicapped from the very beginning in that the various instruments were not all properly synchronized and attuned, as Dave Brubeck himself admitted, and a somewhat weak beginning was made with “Take The A Train,” the team soon warmed up and the audience applauded with great gusto and sincerity. There were some delightful moments in the beautiful “Two Part Contention,” syncopated in the Bach style, and a wonderful fantastic performance on the drums (a solo item) in which we could get a glimpse of the marvellous potentialities of that most universal of all musical instruments, the drum. Quite apart from the wonderful technique displayed, the drums at some moments resembled a clarion call to battle and at others could very well be taken to represent the accompaniment to an Indian folk dance. Other numbers included the haunting St. Louis Blues and “One Moment worth years,” representing the early approach to jazz music.

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