Another superb addition to the Jazz Icons series, this DVD features two live performances of the Classic Quartet in the height of their popularity. The personnel includes Dave Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on alto sax, Eugene Wright on bass, and Joe Morello on drums.
The first concert features the group in Belgium in 1964, while the second is from Germany in 1966. Both are in black and white and draw you in as though you are a close friend of the band. The '64 concert is warm and inviting. The cameras are in close to the performers and show the intimate chemistry that made the quartet one of the most beloved in the history of jazz. The '66 concert is brighter, and the playing is more aggressive.
Included in both concerts are different versions of "Koto Song" and the unmistakable "Take Five" with an extraordinary solo by Morello on the '64 version. Special features of the DVD include a 24 page booklet with liner notes by Darius Brubeck, a thoughtful foreword by Doug Ramsey, and rare photographs. Although commentary can be an interesting aside to jazz footage, this DVD is pleasantly lacking the usual voiceovers. What needs to be said about the music of this quartet? Just watch and listen!.