Watch: KNKX Studio Session with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Just in time for Father’s Day, Chris and Dan Brubeck paid tribute to their Dad--jazz giant Dave Brubeck--along with the rest of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (pianist Chuck Lamb and guitarist Mike DeMicco) by putting their own spin on some of Dave’s timeless tunes including “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk.” This KNKX exclusive performance by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet was prerecorded in the Brubeck Room at the Wilton (Connecticut) Library, home of the Brubeck Archives and preceded by Abe’s Q&A with Chris Brubeck.
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Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966—nearly a half century ago. They’ve subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of different groups as well as with their father, and with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. With Dan and Chris as the foundation, guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb complete this dynamic quartet. They perform at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport, Detroit, Montreal, Playboy/Hollywood Bowl, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. The Quartet’s CD, LifeTimes was a hit on the Jazz Week radio chart where it made the Top Ten list as one of the most played jazz recordings of the year. Their most recent CD is TimeLine, which was released in 2018 to salute the anniversary of Dave Brubeck's mammoth 1958 State Department tour of the Middle East and the Iron Curtain.These versatile musicians also collaborate with orchestras all across the U.S. as well as internationally, including performing with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra. Although the Quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. The group’s creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.