Time Out is a studio album by the American jazz group the Dave Brubeck Quartet, released in 1959 on Columbia Records. Recorded at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in New York City, it is based upon the use of time signatures that were unusual for jazz such as 98, 64 and 54. The album is a subtle blend of cool and West Coast jazz.The album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard pop albums chart, and was the first jazz album to sell a million copies. The single "Take Five" off the album was also the first jazz single to sell one million copies. By 1963, the record had sold 500,000 units, and in 2011 it was certified double platinum by the RIAA, signifying over two million records sold. The album was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009. The album was selected, in 2005, for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".Wikipedia
Do ya like jazz? Do ya like other people knowing you like jazz? Then play Time Out at your nearest social gathering and tell everyone that you enjoy odd time signatures and polyrhythms while you tap your feet to one of the most played jazz tunes ever. You're not normal, you're weird in all the right ways! Lol all joking aside, I fucking love this album, and why shouldn't I? Just like with the Beatles, the reason so many people like the music is because it is genuinely incredible, and Dave Brubeck does it here too. One gripe though - whenever I play this album, I always get a twinge of "maybe I should be playing some jazz by a black artist instead" simply because I've found myself listening to a lot of jazz by white guys. But that doesn't detract from the songs. Unsquare Dance is my favorite here.
This is (probably) the ultimate Cool Jazz record. Something you put on and sip a martini and cook a steak to. You can really hear the West Coast laid back playing on this as opposed to the busy New York playing that was coming out of Blue Note (although this was recorded in NYC). It produced 3 jazz standards just on the first side for goodness sake. Favorite song: Take Five and Blue Rondo à la Turk Least favorite song: don’t really have one
It was nice. I’m sure if I understood music theory it would be really interesting. But I’m stupid.
I don’t have anything smart to say, for whatever reason I had never really listening to Dave Brubeck before this and I definitely need to spend more time checking his music out cuz this was great.
Before I give my thoughts I want to honor the fact that jazz music was traditionally a black musical style that some white people liked and became famous with in places that many black musicians were not allowed to go. That being said- I really like this Jazz album- I was very productive listening to it because jazz piano is my favorite.
Smoked a joint and listened to this on vinyl and reading the jacket notes. Got lost in the music. Take 5 is a masterpiece. Put on Miles in a Silent Way after, I don't listen to my jazz collection enough, but I digress. Time Out is a 5.
I had no idea what to expect but definitely found myself loving it. During the opening to the first track I had a hard time believing it's a 50's jazz track as it sounded much more like the opening to a 80's prog rock or progressive metal track. The rest of the album sounded more like I imagined highly technical cool jazz to sound like. But unlike other examples of this style I never felt bored with it. Just really good music to have playing which is both excellent in the background and for the occasional more intense listening during the particularly playful segments. Will save this one to re-listen for sure.
Another watershed jazz album. Brubeck's playing is complex and experiments with time signatures of various more 'exotic' influences. This coupled with Paul Desmond's acrobatic saxophone playing make this album groundbreaking and approachable.
Made somewhat cliche by time and popularity but a great record, with far more complexity and nuance than maybe it gets credit for
Such a great album. Everything about this reeks of hep cat coolness...but in a good way! And Joe Morello's ride cymbal on "Take Five" is unparalleled. It doesn't quite make it to four stars for me because I'm not a jazz guy. 3 1/2 would be more like it.
So far the best album I’ve heard so far
Smooth, easygoing jazz.
Easy listening. Didn't realize I knew this music already.
Such amazing jazz
so smooth, so cool
Strange meadow lark = love it
I listen to this frequently, especially when cooking. It's a ground breaking, fun listening album
Great jazz album, really upbeat and catchy.
Classic. Great from the get go. Time signatures keep it interesting
Love the mood throughout. The time signatures are fun.
Classic jazz from one of the greatest!
a rhythmic revelation
This is real lovely. Take Five was my favorite.
Great jazz standards.
A timeless gem, one of my favorite jazz albums of them all, I'd give it six stars if I could!
Really enjoyed this
I feel like a broken record (heh) on these, but I have loved all the instrumental albums not by Miles Davis. I've heard a lot of these before but never as an album. Great stuff.
Está muy bien. Tranquilo. Música de fondo. O bailar jazz.
I've actually been jamming this album past few months. Love a bit of that Rondo
Really nice jazz
I didn’t want to give a jazz album 5, but honestly I liked it end to end.
i just wish it was longer
AMAZING! Essential relaxing listening.
Great Jazz album. Rainy day cafe.
Fan-fuckin-tastic. First album on this site that I immediately listened to again. Blue Rhondo and Take Five are of course classics but there is so much incredible music made with incredible writing and incredible musicianship. Love it.
Take Five is a groove that has been stuck in my head off and on for over a decade. This is one of my favorite jazz albums of all time and I love the whole record front to back. It just has a timeless bit of soul to it, and always sounds fresh and new.
Pretty good if you're in a jazzy mood
Ja like Jazz?
Easy five star album.
Ya like Jazz?
It felt like an eternal dinner at a 3 Michelin star restaurant.
The definition of jazz sound, the definition of cool jazz, bit restrained, but cool anyway
This is a classic! I was such a fan as a teenager.
Revolutionary and playful
only recognized Time Out, but the whole album was great. I don't enjoy all Jazz, but this really speaks to the best of what older jazz groups can do!
Odd to find a Jazz song that I recognize and know that name of but a pleasant surprise. A nice listen throughout and speaks to a more impactful song with Take Five being the most successful album of all time
Haven't had time to listen to this today, but my Dad introduced me to it as a kid. He loved Take Five. It's brilliant, it uses complicated time signatures but makes them poppy. Genius.
Oh this is a sneaky one. I listened to this and immediately thought it was gonna be boring so it faded into the background, and then as I listened it crept to the forefront. Incredible storytelling here.
A classic of cool jazz, and jazz as a greater whole. Dave Brubeck is so precise on the keys that he sounds like a MIDI file, and the rest of the team backs him up superbly, particularly Desmond and Morello on the highlight Take Five.
A 5 for Take Five.
Que finura, no se salen del manual ni nada, pero no hace falta.
Take Five was definitely great (the seemingly most popular) Katherine told me it's in 9/8, which, means nothing to me other than it must be complex. However, I think my favourite song by far was Pick Up Sticks. I found myself stopping what I was doing to just listen which is my favourite moment when listening to music. When it transcends other activities.
I have known "time out" my whole life, but the first track, "Blue Rondo à la Turk" was amazing! thankful to finally hear the full album.
Never heard of this band before but I felt I listened to the first track, Blue Rando a la Turk, in a film. After a Google search, it appears that this song has been included in many films' soundtrack - including, Wedding Crashers and Next Stop Greenwich Village.
I've heard people refer to this as the jazz album for people that hate jazz. My dad bought me this "white guys play jazz" album when I was in high school and I wore this thing out. For the record, I'm white, and I'd like to think I like jazz, but in reality... notsomuch. Anyway, Time Out has been a guilty pleasure of mine in the past. Though, I feel less guilty about it as time has moved on. (To put this in perspective, It's not like Counting Crows-guilty pleasure which is now just an embarrassment). Evidently, this is a quintessential 'Cool Jazz' album. [side note] One of my favorite t-shirts I had when I was a kid had an illustration of a Saxophone with music notes flying out of it and a headline that read "Smooth Jazz Blows" DB is pretty amazing, when I hear this album, I imagine the guys at Doyle Dane Bernbach and George Nelson sitting around smoking and drinking Martinis joking around laughing and getting ready to watch Playboy's Penthouse, which at that time was pretty cool, but by today's standards, almost cringeworthy. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel did a great job of recreating a similar scene in an episode, "Comedy vs. Cabbage," I think. Regardless of the associations, the music is still great.
A Take Five-nál hangulatosabb szám kevés létezik a világon. Hibátlan album.
Being recommended this album is one of the reasons I'm already a fan of 1001albumsgenerator...love how this album switched up my day
This is the right kind of jazz, could listen to this album on repeat for days.
My family used to listen to this CD in the car all the times and Take Five is one of my dad's favorite songs, so this album has heavy nostalgic power for me! The music is so masterful and wonderful <<chef's kiss>>
One of my all-time favorite albums.
I've had this album for a while and I really enjoy it. Definitely a jazz staple. Everyone knows the one song, but I realized I knew at least one other song, thanks to ELP. At first the songs feel a little... clinical, but once I got into it it was great. Probably Blue Rondo is my favorite of the whole 7. Really it's hard to believe that the band can have such different moods, but they really do get there. A definite must for any jazz fan.
Still an amazing and influential work. Joe Morello is brilliant on Take 5.
Even this perpetual jazz neophyte can hear how peerless this is. The one instantly recognizable piece took on greate depth and nuance for me in its proper context here.
It was delightful. The technical skill and playful attitude were brilliant.
It's a total jazz staple, with one of the best, most iconic jazz songs of all time leading the way.
Exceptional collection of jazz standards.
One of my favourite. This album really introduced me to the wonders of jazz.
This album is a trip. Perfect for concentration and studying.
Excellent to focus on something important to do, besides creating a good ambiance at work.
It had my at 9/8 timing. Such an interesting album with other cool time signatures too. The arrangements and are great and I can see it being one of those ones I keep coming back to and discovering new little intricacies.
honey, that's a great f'ing album.
This is a really great album! And it's a great introduction to jazz if you're new to it. both experimenting with time signatures while keeping the easy listening Cool Jazz vibe. A really Iconic Jazz album
Brilliant as it ever was.
ma baš volin ovaj jazz, super su mi! podsjeća me na vrimena iz glazbene pa postanen nostalgicna slusajuci 💛
One of the first jazz albums to come into my possession. This could be seen as 'baby's first jazz' in some respects, as it's a light, clean listen with enough toe-tappers for popular appeal. However, even repeated exposure to 'Take Five' hasn't dimmed its lustre. There's a high degree of sophistication at play here - Brubeck was influenced by the rhythms of Balkan and Bulgarian folk music, so 'Take Five', 'Blue Rondo...' step outside of 4/4 time and take the cool paradigm into slippery places. Five stars all the way, I spin this one frequently.
Blue Rondo A La Turk is such a fun time piece. This is the home of the complete door busting hit Take Five. Damn this album is good.
Ahhh, un classique du jazz avec probablement la chanson en 5 la plus connue au monde. Je reviens souvent à cet album.
One of my all time favourite albums and maybe the only jazz album I really like. The groove of about every track totally gets me. Dave Brubecks simple piano style is great and Joe Morello is phantastic on the drums (e.g. on take five, which they basically created primarily for the drum solo, and I find it ironic when radios cut the song before the solo).