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THE TIMES OF INDIA APRIL 4 1958 Pianist Most Outstanding Brubeck Concert Captivating By Our Music Critic One needs to bear in mind the fact that the Bach family’s favourite diversion was the quodlibet on Sunday afternoon. I am not for a moment suggesting that the music-lover who considers himself an intellectual will need that excuse to be able to say that he enjoyed Thursday night’s recital by the Brubeck Quartet at the Eros Theatre. Nor am I suggesting that jazz must be regarded purely as a form of musical diversion and not an art form in its own right. Honest musicians have always been ready to admit, admire and perform good light (dance) music. It is a poor mind that must remain in lofty isolation to be able to gain reluctant admiration. In point of fact, the Brubeck concert (given under the aegis of the Music Society of Bombay) was closest in form and conception to a concert of Caranatic Classical Music and remember, quite a lot of the best Carnatic Music is used for Bharate Natyam. Let’s be honest. Good music is just good music. There is a lot of counterpoint about Mr. Brubeck. It peeps out of his pocket, snakes its way out of Paul Desmond’s alto sax, hops around Gene Wright’s contrabass and activates Joe Morello’s drumsticks. This was particularly so in the Two Part Invention in three movements. And it was not merely a matter of the title, for it recurred in These Foolish Things (in which Paul Desmond played magnificently) and in the St. Louis Blues. Desmond was also starred in For all we know, we may never meet again. Wright’s vehicle was The right groove. Morello was given star-rating in his impression of the U.S. on the drums. Other items included Audrey, One moment with you, these foolish things, I’m in a dancing mood and Some day my Prince will come.

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