Friday, February 3, 2012

Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Changes; Columbia's 30th Street Studio

Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Changes.  Since I am not an expert here...according to wikipedia, "Time Changes is a 1963 album by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, it is based upon the use of time signatures that were, partially because of Brubeck's previous work, now a mainstay in popular jazz music.  The whole second side of the album, the composition "Elementals", resulted from a relationship with Rayburn Wright, The Eastman School of Music and its "Arranger's Workshop" and an impending concert in Rochester, New York. It was Mr. Brubeck's first orchestral composition.  It is continuation of Dave's hit albums –"Brubeck Time", "Time Out", "Time Further Out" and "Countdown – Time In Outer Space," exploring the elements of time in jazz and music, while extending itself into a "do-it-yourself" concerto, which comprises the whole of side two, with orchestral accompaniment.  The cover painting is by the internationally acclaimed American abstract painter Sam Francis.   It was released in 1963, recorded November of that year, at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York, is on the Columbia label, and was produced by Teo Macero.  But let's find out more about WHERE is was recorded...

        "CBS's 30th Street Studio, also known as Columbia 30th Street Studio, and nicknamed "The Church," was a recording studio operated by Columbia Records from 1949 to 1981, located at 207 East 30th Street, between Second and Third Avenues in Manhattan.  It was considered by some in the music industry to be the best sounding room of its time and still others consider it to have been the greatest recording studio in history.  (Blogger’s note:  Really?  OK, what do I know...?)   It was at the time one of the most renowned studios and a large number of recordings were made there in all genres, including Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, and Percy Faith's Theme from A Summer Place in 1960.  The 30th Street facility contained both Columbia's "Studio C" and "Studio D."  Many celebrated musical artists from all genres of music used the 30th Street Studio for some of their most famous recordings.  Bach: The Goldberg Variations, the 1955 debut album of the Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould, was recorded in the 30th Street Studio.  It was an interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), the work launched Gould's career as a renowned international pianist, and became one of the most well-known piano recordings.  On May 29, 1981 a second version of the Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gold was recorded in this studio.  This was the last production by this famous studio.  Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis recorded almost exclusively at the 30th Street Studio, including his classic 1959 recording, Kind of Blue.  In 1964, Bob Dylan and record producer Tom Wilson were experimenting with their own fusion of rock and folk music. The first unsuccessful test involved overdubbing a "Fats Domino early rock & roll thing" over Dylan's earlier, acoustic recording of "House of the Rising Sun," according to Wilson.  This took place in the Columbia 30th Street Studio in December 1964.  It was quickly discarded, though Wilson would more famously use the same technique of overdubbing an electric backing track to an existing acoustic recording with Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence."  The very last recording made in the studio was Glenn Gould's slower and reconsidered Goldberg Variations (Reappraised) in 1981, a year before Gould's death."  Wikipedia...

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