Next month, Verve will release Dave Brubeck’s last-ever studio album, a solo recording titled Lullabies.
The revered pianist had recorded Lullabies in March 2010 as a gift to his grandchildren. As such, it features beloved children’s songs, classic standards and Brubeck’s originals. These include two versions of “Brahms’ Lullaby”—which bookend the tracklist—and “Over the Rainbow.”
Brubeck died in December 2012. Per Jazzwise, at the time of recording Lullabies he commented: “Some of the melodies on this album are like those familiar songs. Some are original pieces that I thought would appeal to babies as well as an older generation. I hope the littlest ones will respond to this music, and that parents and grandparents will enjoy it as well.”
A month after the release of Lullabies, the new label Brubeck Editions—launched to mark his centenary—will put out TimeOutTakes. The record collects recently discovered outtakes from the recording sessions of Time Out by the classic quartet of Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Gene Wright and Joe Morello.
Lullabies is out November 6. Watch the beautifully animated video for one of the album’s two versions of “Brahms’ Lullaby” below: