To commemorate the late Dave Brubeck’s centennial, Brubeck Editions—a new label run by his family—have released Time OutTakes, a collection of previously unreleased outtakes from recording sessions of Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
The compilation offers a peek behind the curtain of the original album, which was released to widespread acclaim in 1959 and quickly became one of the best-selling jazz LPs in history. The alternate takes featured on the album offer a window into the experimentation and attention to detail that Brubeck, alongside quartet members Paul Desmond, Joe Morello and Eugene Wright, brought to bear on the final record that listeners know and love today.
“These undiscovered performances were a thrilling revelation!” Chris Brubeck, one of Dave Brubeck’s sons, wrote in the album’s liner notes. “The interaction of these immensely talented musicians created incredible music but we also could hear that they actually DID make mistakes sometimes.”
Noting that the outtakes were unpolished, but no less valuable, he added: “Time OutTakes is brimming with fantastic music played by four amazing musicians performing at their peak. Throughout our lives, these honorary uncles encouraged us and were an important part of our extended family.”
The outtakes were revealed to the Brubeck family by authors Stephen Crist and Philip Clark, who had discovered them whilst delving into Brubeck archives in the process of writing biographies for the revered pianist’s centennial. Brubeck passed away from heart failure in 2012 a day before his 92nd birthday. Last month, his final record Lullabies was released posthumously via Verve Records.
Listen to Time OutTakes below: