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BBQ: The Brubeck Brothers On JazzSet

When Chris and Dan Brubeck were growing up, their dad's group — the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond — rehearsed in the family living room. The rhythm section of Eugene Wright and Joe Morello could play experimental time signatures and also swing you into bad health, and they made a big impression on the budding musicians. The boys eventually played with their dad in the Two Generations of Brubeck band. Chris went on to play bass for many years in Papa Dave's quartet, and has made a name for himself as a composer of both jazz and classical works. Dan displayed his mastery of rhythms with his electric quartet, The Dolphins. From his drums, Dan is a fearless pilot of BBQ.

Both guitarist Mike DeMicco — originally one of The Dolphins -– and pianist Chuck Lamb compose for the group. Guest Peter "Madcat" Ruth, from neighboring Ann Arbor, adds a wonderful touch of bluesy harmonica.

In BBQ, Chris and Dan Brubeck are united to carry on the family tradition of exploring different rhythms and challenging harmonies in an accessible way. Their music incorporates odd meter time signatures and swings with a joyful spirit, too. Their current CD is titled Classified.

This set comes from the Waterfront Stage at the Detroit Jazz Festival, recorded on Sept. 3, 2009.


Recording by Mike Konopka for Metro Mobile. Remix in Surround Sound by Duke Markos.

Copyright 2010 WBGO

Mark Schramm