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
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.
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.
It was nice. I’m sure if I understood music theory it would be really interesting. But I’m stupid.
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
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.
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
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.
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>>
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).
Honestly one of my favorite jazz albums/groups. Take five would be overrated if it weren't so good. Paul Desmond really gets to shine without over shadowing anyone else. Also I'm just a sucker for anything outside of 4/4 and 3/4
Four profoundly talented, creative, and meticulous musicians, each making it sound effortless. I appreciate that this album is extremely accessible, but that it's does that without compromising richness and complexity. You could listen to each track 10 times in a row and still discover new fills and trills with every playthrough.
Very cool. I don’t hate jazz, I hate shrill & stressful trumpets, but the sax on this is smooth and mellow and lovely. It’s both accessible and challenging with the recognisable hooks but crazy time signatures. Good stuff.
What can you say about one of the greatest Jazz albums of all time? Blue Rondo is a personal favorite ever since I played it in high school Jazz band.
Take Five stars as my vote
Brilliant album. One of the albums I listen to regularly.
Quite liked this. Relaxing
honestly the more jazz i listen to the cooler it gets. for a while i was just kinda averse to horns because i didnt like how they sounded but obviously thats not a problem anymore. then for a while after listening to kind of blue i was just like yeah thats pretty good maybe ill get into jazz someday. and i still dont think ive rly taken the plunge but thats fine, not everything has to be this huge-ass binge. maybe one day ill look back and realize oh shit! im a big jazz fan now! and make like fifty lists thatre just like The Best Jazz Albums Of 2034. Greatest Saxophonists Of The 2020s? Who Said Jazz Is Dead!?!?!?!? this album isnt my fav thing ever but its pretty consistent. i paid a little more attention this time around and im more impressed but not more of a fan necessarily, its cool but probably half of this album isn't mindblowing or anything. the other half also isnt mindblowing but its better. kathys waltz and everybodys jumpin are lots of fun, that one build-up in the second half of pick up sticks is euphoric, take five is mysterious and catchy. the pure drum+piano part is a liiittle long for me since im not big on drum solos but the horn part (idk what type of horn it is :() is perfect!!
I feel like this should have been my introduction to jazz. It was cool, it was funky, and it was easy to listen to.
Smooth listen! Very enjoyable at night
Listened to before. Blue Rondo A la Turk and Take Five are great. A good introduction to Jazz.
Muito muito interessante. Estudar os ritmos (time signatures) não usuais que usaram. Produção e timbres perfeitos
Pretty chill jazz record, got the iconic "Take Five" on it, however that should not discredit other tracks like "Blue Rondo a la Turk" and "Pick Up Sticks"
just a classic jazz album
Great album! Very playful, and very cool. I love the weird time signatures, but it never makes it hard to listen.
Solid jazz album. A classic.
A very pop music record. I can see why folks like my jazz teacher looked down on stuff like Blue Rondo. But if you’re college age cooking dinner for a date, can you do better than putting this on? Probably not.
I won't even pretend to have enough knowledge of Jazz to give it a proper rating. It's a 3.5 up to 4 for listening purposes, but I know a few of these songs are so iconic I'd imagine this is objectively a 5, but for my personal tastes I can't quite go there. No surprise, but Take Five is my favorite.
Actually know a few songs on this album. Might be the first Jazz album I've ever listened to in its entirety. So the rating might reflect that: B-
Smooth and very relaxing
Fav: Take Five
Great album, with some monster songs in terms of cultural presence, not the least of which "Take Five." I haven't said this about an album yet, but I actually wished it was longer. The band sounds great and it felt like they were just warming up.
I love Dave Brubeck. He was one of the first that showed me how important time signatures were and how atypical time could be so intriguing.
Top quality cool jazz! Fave track - while "Time Out" is a classic, I'm gonna pick "Blue Rondo à la Turk" for the playfulness!
I actually had this album in high school. It might be white people jazz, but I love it. It's just so pleasant to listen to. Unimposing yet engaging. Great work day album.
Classic Brubeck, couple of bangers but probably matched my tastes a decade ago more than now. Still a pleasure to listen to.
Muy jazz. Bueno, pero puede hacerse monótono a ratos. Incluye la conocida Take Five.
All (but the 1st song) are great
Great! A bit repetitive for me but I guess it's because i'm not used to listen to jazz. But it's really really good!
Love Dave Brubeck. I throw him on every now and then for cooking or doing work, and this album has some great tracks. This was great background music, actually finished a book while listening.
Muss bei solchen Sachen, insbesondere wenn sie am Sonntag aufgegeben werden, immer aufpassen, sie nicht einfach als schöne Sonntagsunterhaltungsmusik wegzuhören. Weil: dazu eignen sie sich - so wie auch das hier - ja ganz hervorragend. Im direkten Vergleich mit dem neulich gehörten "Birth of the Cool" von Miles Davis aus demselben Jahr (glaube ich) finde ich das hier entschiedener, mehr bei sich. Bunter auch, vielfarbig gewissermaßen. Nicht so cool, sondern eher ... warm? Und dann noch mit DEM Tophit der Jazzmusik. Also mir gefällts richtig gut, da ist locker ne 3,7 drin.
Je häufiger sie mal eben durchläuft, desto mehr Aufmerksamkeit bekommt diese Scheibe jedes Mal. War sie Sonntags früh eine Art stiller Kompagnon zum Fensterputz so ist sie heut der Regen auf den Glasscheiben. Die neue Story auf einem frischen Blatt Papier. 3.9
Enjoyed the melodic jazz vibes, not overly distracting or frantic - just pleasant.
Some classics! I recognized and especially enjoyed both Take Five and Blue Rondo a la Turk
Chilled ones. Good for WFH but also with a vape
Fantastic album. Very fun to listen to.
already heard m8 but still a bop
Good, easy listening stuff. Would think quite radical at the time
Okay, generally liked this whole jazz album. It was more clearly defined and melodic, very chill. I really like Take Five (although I didn't know the song's name or artist until now)
super clean sound. despite the odd time signatures it's very listenable.
Knew about half of the songs before. Classic album.
‘Blue Rondo à la Turk’ was fantastic, lively, energetic; it was everything you could have wanted from a jazz song. I actually recognised ‘Take Five’ which I was not expecting!
Discovered odd time signatures through this. Timeless
Take Five is just so good. Never gets old. The rest also quite nice, like Kathy's Waltz how it combines a straight ahead beat with 3/4 piano.
Classic, great album
Very much enjoyed the drum solos and polyrhythms on this.
Estoy sorprendida que este álbum se hiciera a partir de la improvisación, ya que los artistas tienen mucha química. Además es un genero de música que lo odias o te encanta. Mis canciones favs: - take five -Kathy ´s waltz - Pick up Sticks
Love this type of music to work to
I'm not musical enough to recognise experimental time signatures. To me, this sounds like a cool, fun, chilled jazz album, which is the kind of jazz I enjoy. Recorded in 1959, but sounds timeless. It seems like the group achieved exactly what they set out to do. I can't fault it. 4/5.
Solid jazz, really enjoyable.
This was a classic! Very soothing. I enjoyed it.
'Take Five' was played by a friend's group during college, it's nice to hear it again ^^
Highly enjoyable listening. Not a jazz fan generally, but this is an album I can see myself putting on again.
Loved this, proper foot tapping jazz, and I’m not a jazz lover in the whole. This ones been added to my favourites for those chilled moments
Really enjoyable. Smooth yazz
It was pretty good, the first track was the only one I didn't enjoy. Good background music. 4/5 stars.
Great! I liked it a lot! I love the weird time signatures. It's a lot of fun. I'll definitely keep it on my mind next time I'm in a jazz mood.
Absolutely legendary jazz album.
Really nice clean melodic jazz. Includes three of the most iconic riffs in jazz music. This is what they teach in music school, it’s canon. Killer drum solo on Take 5. Nice listen, perfect for a party. A few of the songs weren’t legend status, so 4.
I was a bit worried when I saw this was from the 50s, as the previous one I had from that decade sounded increadibly dated. It was actually pretty good. Nice and relaxing, chilled instrumentals. No songs stick out in particular but as a whole is a decent listen.
Jazz de viejitos. Todo recto y sin alocarse jaja.
La única razón por la que no le pongo cinco estrellas es porque yo no soy tan fino y elegante como ellos. Recuérdenme donde sale Take Five? En todos lados, no?
Me gustó mucho tener que escuchar este disco. Obviamente conocía Take Five, pero es muy interesante que exista toda una exploración a esquemas rítmicos tan poco tradicionales y que además sea algo muy agradable de escuchar. Como siempre con el jazz, cuestión de gustos y algo que quizá no escucharía en cualquier situación, pero que en las lluvias del fin de semana me cayó perfecto.
Dentro del Jazz no es mi género favorito, pero en este grado es un disco muy muy a gusto que cumple a la perfección esa nota de "Cool" Jazz. Con complejidad musical pero sin llegar a la exageración o falta de estructura que a veces hace un poco fuera de alcance a otros géneros y es un disco hasta casi didáctico para entender ritmos.
Jazz, really good jazz.
First album of Jazz I listened to. Was also on the infographic. Was fun and made me feel like dancing. very full sounding with for a quartet
A member of the internal core of the very classic of jazz recordings, even if not every track is as good as Take 5
Some really great pieces in there!
Great album throughout.
Creo que sería el primer disco de jazz que le haría escuchar a alguien que quiere conocer el genero.
Such simple instrumentation with complex melodies. I love this jazz album and that’s coming from a trumpet player who loves brass. This is a staple in an jazz household but also to anyone who doesn’t like jazz, give this one a try.
Take Five is a classic that I love. The other songs were very interesting listens as well.
Sounds fantastic, complex rhythms and cool grooves.
My first thought was "slick" but I just don't understand jazz enough to truly appreciate this album. I was surprised at how many listens Take Five had and so I read up on the album. It's basically a national treasure. I guess I don't know music like I thought. It sounds like what any live jazz performance aspires to be (from what I've seen)...really, I wonder if this sound is what jazz musicians are aiming for when they play.
4/5 nice jazz record!
Really fun. This is jazz you've heard before on soundtracks, but it is lovely to listen to again
Time Out is widely revered in the jazz world. It is essential cool jazz, but known for pushing jazz in new directions, such as it's use of odd time signatures. This was inspired by Brubeck's time overseas, where he would hear the locals play in time signatures different from the 4/4 that became the norm in western jazz. Moving on, the highlight of this album is easily Take Five, which features a bombastic drum solo from Morello while Brubeck plays the same hypnotizing bar over and over again. It's a display of jazz musicianship unlike any other.
A jazz album that I actually enjoyed. Take Five the best track
"Blue Rondo a la Turk" right off the bat is known from a bunch of movies but "Take Five" is excellent and a Jazz staple. 8/10.
I rarely listen to jazz but even I can tell this is something special.
Mahtava! Menis monta kertaa putkeen, mut piti kahen jälkeen lakata ku jonoa kertyny. Suosikkeihin
take 5 halt klassiker - ist dave brubeck eig nur so unverhältnismäßig erfolgreich, weil er weiß ist und bürgis dann guten gewissens jazz hören können? - klassiker halt, gut als hintergrundmusik
This was the first jazz album to sell a million copies you know, and Take Five even made the singles pop charts.. It's great. In the background. But just lacks a little, you know, something. Important, but not significant.
Cool jazz, skøre tidsindstillinger, lækkert
Surprised to learned one song was a sample for a song from today
This was my introduction to jazz when I was younger. I loved it then, and I still love it now. Take Five is about as quintessential a jazz song (and album) as it comes. All around brilliance.
While this is certainly not a preferred genre of music for me, I feel like I can appreciate talent, and these musicians are clearly talented! If you like this style, it probably doesn't get much better.
Classic that hides its time signature innovations in plain sight. "Take 5" still sounds as fresh as ever. Could be a Paul Desmond album.
Good fun - a super solid jazz album - not as good as some other contemporaries - but the inclusion of ‘Take Five’ among the track listing makes it an inevitable classic
Great album. Rinkle Tinkle piano keys.
Aaah kuinka smoothia jazzia! Olen vaikuttunut. Pitää kuunnella lisää!
Jakos nic mi nie mowil tytul, ale juz na pierwszym traku cos mi switalo w glowie, ze slyszalem to gdzies, a po trzecim juz bylem tego pewny i last fmowa baza danych nie klamala, ostatni raz sluchano w 2k16, wiec w moim najbardziej odkrywczym jazzowo okresie, Time Out z 59 jest nietypowym klasykiem coolowego jazzu, bopu, czy west costowego jazzowania, w zaleznosci jakich kategorii segregujacych styl ktos przyjmie, a nietypowosc pochodzi przede wszystkim z niespotykanymi w jazzie czy muzyce rozrywkowej sygnaturami, inspirowanymi wycieczkami pana Brubecka po turko krajach, jak sam tytul openingowego trakaa wskazuje, w sklad kwartetu poza Davem Bruceckiem na pianinie, wchodzili jeszcze Paul Desmond na saksie, basista Eugene Wright i Joe Morello z drumsami, glownym kompozytorem byl oczywiscie pan Dave, ale najbardziej popularny trak z krazka, ktory pozwolil mi przypomniec sobie gdzie to juz slyszlem, czyli take five jest autorstwa Desmonda, ciekawy lore, ze na lozu smierci przekazal on prawa autorskie na rzecz czerwonego krzyza, a jako ze utwor nadal cieszy sie popuarnoscia przynosza one zyski, klawiatura odmawia wspolpracy, ale musze przyznac, ze jest to jeden z najlepiej rozpisanych wikiowo jazzowych albumow jakie guglowalem, kazdy song rozbity na czesci, w ktorym wyszczegolnione co i jak gra, wiec nawet laik muzyczny moze sie dowiedziec skad bierze sie tak orginalne brzmienie, ktore najprosciej mozna okreslic jako bass scalajacy licytacje pianinowo saksowe, ktore czesto po sobie nastepuja, nie zabraklo takze miejsca na drumowe solo, ktore jest kluczowym elementem take five, ktory laduje na plejce razem z blue rondo a la turk
Oh, this is that song! Take Five! How did I not know the name of this song? Anyway, I enjoyed this enough that I didn't even stop it when it dove into the bonus tracks, which there were more of than original album tracks. It was in the background and it wasn't. This one got into my ears pretty good.
Good album, love Take 5
This is that kind of jazz album that is nice to listen to one time per year and remember why we have all this buzz around jazz music style. It's easy to understand with albums like that. Reading the Wikipedia page, it turns even more special, with the different times' explanation. The extended version of the album with live recordings is for sure a 5 star. The original one is too short for it, but it's still a gem.
So smooth, really enjoyed this.
Some really good, recognizable cool jazz. Would pop this on to relax.
Non ho mai ascoltato Jazz senza un cantante, credo, e mi piace! Ma 'Take five' è famosissima! E bellissima! 4 stelle, ma quasi 5
Easy listening. Fun. Happy. i prefer songs with lyrics, but this is great mood music.
Lovely bit of piano jazz
Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet (1959) When I was about seven years old, on Sunday afternoons, my dad would sit in the living room smoking a cigar (when my mom would let him), listening to this album on his beloved console stereo, which I, of course, was not allowed to touch. That prohibition, of course, increased the allure. His non-rock but otherwise eclectic tastes included Ravel’s Bolero (which my mom hated), Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass’ Whipped Cream and Other Delights (with its titillatingly innovative cover art), Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison, and Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band (on five vinyl LPs, which made me decide to take up trombone in fourth grade). Young people today will likely have only heard the two ‘hits’ from Time Out (“Blue Rondo à la Turk” and “Take Five”) in hotel lobbies. Shame. There is so much good music on this record. Jazz purists were not pleased with the popularity of this album. They noted that while this was Dave Brubeck’s most accessible work, it was not his best. And of course they were right, but this album is a wonderful place to start if you’re unfamiliar with jazz, mostly for its creative variations in rhythm. The opening “Blue Rondo à la Turk” is a tour de force in rhythmic experimentation, starting with a ‘Balkan’ 9/8 (2+2+2+3), alternating with standard 4/4 passages for piano and saxophone solos. And the wistful “Strange Meadow Lark” seems somehow destined to be included in a soundtrack for a Woody Allen movie. The third track “Take Five” is iconic for its hypnotic, syncopated piano foundation, languid saxophone melody and 5/4 time signature. You can almost dance to it, although I’d stay away from steps like foxtrot or waltz or chacha or polka or, well, basically anything standard. Just stand there snapping your finger and bobbing hither and yon. Your partner (optional) will join in improvisationally. The point is, it swings (although I’d pay good money to watch a beer hall full of polka dancers working out “Take Five” by adding an extra foot stomp after every other 2/4 measure. Maybe a Monty Python sketch?). But seriously, Joe Morello’s superb drum solo passage on this song (the whole point of it, really) goes a long way toward explaining the appeal of John Bonham’s solo work (“Moby Dick” on Led Zeppelin II, and elsewhere). You see, the reason we liked John Bonham is because he (and we) had already heard and learned from Joe Morello, whether consciously or not. The next track “Three to Get Ready”, plays with an alteration between 3/4 and 4/4 (don’t even try dancing to this one) and is followed by “Kathy’s Waltz”, which starts in 4/4, shifts to 3/4, and at about the three minute mark, we hear 3/4 and 4/4 simultaneously. If you hear strains of The Beatles’ “All My Lovin’”in this song (and you will), please remember that Dave Brubeck did it first. The last two tracks (“Everybody’s Jumpin’” and “Pick Up Sticks”) lack the intricacy of contemporaneous progressive jazz, but will nudge the beginner in the right direction. This album is a great jazz introduction for youngsters and great nostalgia for oldsters. 4/5
Super melodic and perfectly executed white man nerd jazz. Not the real deal, but still enjoyable when you want some safe jazz.
I thought I hated jazz
Freaky time signature fun with more familiar melodies than you'd initially realise. Huge, ground-breaking, accessible, creative, almost classical.
Very peppy- good jazz
Inoffensive, too easy listening. Willing to give it a second chance and not an album I think I'd ever buy. Missing the bite of the jazz I love: Coltrane, Coleman, and Davis.
Vooral jazz behoorlijk goed te pruimen. Wel gekke namen hebben de liedjes, zoals ‘blue rondo a la Turk’
Added to jazz playlist
I actually enjoyed this quite a lot. The type of soothing music I needed at the end of a long day.
Some nice easy-listening jazz. Title track is really nice. Also like Three to Get Ready
Jazz that has weird time signatures and goes all over the place yet it is accessible - and some of the tunes are smooth. Best Tracks: Blue Rondo A La Turk; Strange Meadow Lark; Take Five
No idea how to review jazz. But this very a very nice listen throughout. Very easy listening.
Not my thing
Jazzy and interesting
fine and cool
First jazz album.. hopefully more in the list
I really liked it. It was quite chill and reminded me, with my little knowledge of jazz, of Coltrane.
Fun and jazzy
Track one is really cool.
Disco de Jazz muy escuchaba. No se hace bola como otros donde no encuentras la armonía.
This is a really famous album because it used unusual time signatures (at the time, pun not intended) for jazz. I don’t bother myself with technical details such as that when it comes to listening to music (and truth be told, my ears don’t know how to even differentiate for something like that), I’m all about how music makes me FEEL, and this didn’t really make me feel any one way or the other. “Take Five” is probably the most recognizable tune on here, I’m sure it’s been featured in oodles of movies and TV shows - I recalled it from the “Rushmore” soundtrack, but your mileage may vary. I didn’t hate this, I didn’t love it, it was almost like white noise in the background for a little over thirty eight minutes, and then it was over with.
Decent jazz album for background music.
as a pretty big fan of jazz from that era, i've always found this a little too polished. take 5 is iconic, but beyond that it's boring when stacked up against even just other 1959 release from Coltrane, Mingus, and Miles Davis. not enough improvisation
Nice fruity plucky show tunes
Very smooth, and generally fine - a bit wallpapery
mmm no es de mi tipo pero lo escuche mientras q dibujaba y me agrado mucho el tipo de ?ambiente? q se creo con esa musica y los dibujitos u.u
Pleasant. Not blowing my mind. Will listen again.
Nice relaxing piano music.
One song sounded a lot like Jesus Christ Super Star. Not a fan of jazz typically but grew on me some throughout the listen.
Already liked blue rondo a la Turk and Take five. Take five being a favourite of mine. The rest are ok, not as engrossing as miles Davis for example
Cool jazzy album. Take Five the standout but all tracks pretty nice and chilled
Jazzy. Take 5 is a classic. Good to listen to while working.
it was alright.
Time Out is not a record I find engaging enough to listen to on a consistent basis, as I need tight instrumentals, epic vocals or extreme originality to warrant further listening. I do not doubt that this is very well made for a jazz album, therefore I believe a score lower than 3/5 would not be fair.
// Favs: – Score: Decent 3
Take Five is a song that everyone has heard somewhere, probably the most recognisable smooth jazz tune. This is a relaxing album, enjoyed as background music. Not sure how much I like jazz in general but this was a nice listen.
Something you put on to sound sophisticated at a dinner party until you get asked "isn't this the Monsters, Inc soundtrack?"
Neat stuff. Favorited and will return to for more. Great for either sitting around or working.
I listen to jazz while I'm working sometimes. It's the music that I like the most that I can also ignore and focus on work (let's be honest, things like "Revlover" meant a less-than-productive 40ish minutes for me, if I listen while working). I put this on and ignored it. It was pleasant and appealing. I will say that there seems to be more spotlight sharing in this group than other jazz musicians I listen to. Might make me look like a fool but I can't tell you which instrument Dave Brubeck plays after listening to this. That's cool.
Pleasant, and inoffensive jazz.
Interesting, though mostly forgettable. Instrumental Jazz just kind of works like that though. It's pleasant and inoffensive to listen too, but it very rarely will leave me with a lasting imprint after the fact.
Ya like jazz?
Contains some of Brubeck's strongest tracks, but is mired slightly by the homogenous piano interludes.
Strange Meadow Lark bangs. Kinda lose interest in the second half of the record. Not bad just not really my thing 6 or 7
Take Five is obviously a banger but the rest of the album didn't really stick with me. It's very pleasant, and the sort of thing that would sound great in the background of a party. Just cool, jazzy vibes! But I think the key issue here is that I just don't get jazz?? No memorable tunes (other than the aforementioned Take Five). I feel bad rating this so low because apparently Dave Brubeck was a very nice man.
This is more my kinda jazz in comparison to the other entries we've had so far. I can imagine Terence Fletcher playing this down at the local jazz club.
Hated all the jazz albums so far but this one has a nice melodic focus and for some reason gave a warm Christmas glow (must be in some holiday pictures)
Goddamnit I'm so tired of listening to Jazz on here. The number of high school jazz bands I've heard play the first track is way too high. At least 6. I had to go to a lot of competitive high school jazz band performances growing up. Not to participate, but to watch because played sax in one. This album is great. It's fine, whatever. Can I agree that it's a great album but that I also just don't give a shit? Track 2 would make for a great backing track to some type of tightly shot, more tightly focused, no speaking cooking channel on YouTube. Something where the cook hand grinds his coffee beans for his pour over coffee every morning. "I'm cultured; I'm refined; I measure all the macros of my diet; have I shown you my record collection? It's all The Beatles and jazz."
I was astonished to find that Time Out came out as recently as 1959. To think that odd-metered jazz tunes didn't exist before then amazes me, since they've always been a part of my musical experience. I would have thought that Time Out was from the early to mid-50s. And I also thought that there might have been a few outliers sprinkled in jazz history before then, but apparently not. So, Time Out belongs on this list if only because it marked the very beginning of odd meters in jazz. But other than that, is Time Out noteworthy in any way? Well, it's not ugly. The arrangements are spacious and the sonorities of the instruments are contrasted adroitly. On the other hand, the improvisations are what you would expect if someone were to make a recording specifically to introduce jazz to elementary school children. This is not to say that the improvisations are bad. On the contrary, they are tasteful, but all of the risk-taking is exhausted on the high concept of odd meters. Ironically, that makes Time Out accessible to folks who don't necessarily like jazz, which I'm betting includes the makers of the infamous 1001 list. For me, it's kind of boring. I'm extremely glad that Brubeck took the leap, and I wish that more jazzers delved into odd meters, but subsequent composers and players leave Brubeck in the dust in terms of sophistication and power. It's not fair, but Time Out, which was once legitimately experimental, now ranks with the tamest of Starbucks Muzak.
Mmm Jazz. It's okay, not really my thing, but we'll performed and produced.
1 very good Song. Too jazy. More ambient music for Restaurant.
A fantastic achievement for jazz. I gotta admire a groundbreaking album, which is clearly good, that the record company didn’t want to make and contemporary jazz critics panned. What did they know? Nothing…that bunch of traditionalists. The offbeat time signatures are innovative, playful, and stand out. +1 star for not including a bunch of improvisational bullshit too. Way to keep it real. -1 star for no vocals. It would make great background noise for a cocktail hour or fancy dinner. It’s probably over qualified for either of those scenarios, but I couldn’t see myself listening to it in many other scenarios due to the lack of vocals.
So it’s hard for me to rate jazz. It’s not my thing, I don’t seek it out, but as jazz goes, this was pleasant. Riley proclaimed it repetitive but I liked the variations on a theme rather than a bunch of experimental sounds that don’t tie together. Riley’s criticism was hilarious though considering she listens to the same damn song or album on repeat for weeks or months at a time.
"Blue Rondo A La Turk" and "Take Five" are absolute classics, and very special. Even as a jazz neophyte I know that. Or at least I think I know that. There are few jazz songs that I instantly recognize. These are two of them. They feel exciting and special. The rest of the album doesn't quite meet that bar though. They'd be good in a bar - a fancy one with martinis and a dress code and such. Or at a dinner party where you are trying to impress friends with more money than you. Or, keeping things fancy, at a nice restaurant. But beyond the two groundbreaking, trendsetting, genre-defining hits, "Time Out" mostly faded into the background and failed to hold my attention. Again, I am sure my lack of music knowledge (I can't explain why any of Brubeck's work is special or acclaimed) has me missing a lot here.
Cool Jazz album with timeless classics.
No thoughts, I like it, but wont actively listen to it.
There are some great moments on this album, but it often sounds a bit too much like elevator jazz for me. Favorite moments - Blue Rondo a la Turk has a very promising first half - a wild 9/8 time signature and very interesting, but then the song lost me when it devolved to a simply swing jazz tune. Take Five - deservedly a classic. Clever 5/4 beat plus nice and concise. Pick up sticks - enjoyed the staccato piano solo. Honorable mention - Three to get ready - although it's kind of elevator jazz also, I like how they riff off the initial classical theme. Have to rate the whole album a 3 mainly because it's mostly background elevator music to me.
The recording is essential and the playing tight, but the total is a little too cool for its own good. The *bops and the ECM set have affects that this style lacks, though Time Out is a kind of necessary link.
Crack for time signature nerds. At the end of the day, it's a jazz quartet with an alto sax instead of a horn, so that's going to limit my personal enjoyment, but it absolutely belongs here. Best track: Take Five.
Drumming is great... a nice listen for sure
Smooth and classy
"Blue Ronda" and "Take Five" are incredible tracks that grab your attention every second. Nothing innovative, everything done here has always been done by other jazz masters, but it's cool and dramatic. The other tracks range from decent ("Strange Meadow Lark" and "Kathy's Waltz) to mediocre ("Everybody Jumpin" and "Pick Up Sticks"). Not something I would choose to listen to unless background noise or a live show, but otherwise inoffensive and calming.
I'm not really a fan of this kind of music, it's not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to it
Pretty good. Nice background music with a bit of a vibe.
Best jazz album I've heard from this list so far. But not saying much, still finding out I don't really like jazz.
I think this is the first Jazz album with songs i recognized. Still not a jazz fan but this might be the best Jazz album so far.
Sounds pretty good for jazz. I recognized some of it. It is probably way more influential than I realize.
Great ambience, another one I left going with the related radio and had a great afternoon. That said it's not incredible, just nice background
Groovy but a bit much after a while
Pretty good stuff. Not sure I'd listen to it a lot but I did enjoy it.
These tracks emit out a sense of calm with their simple 3-4 instrument max input, much more enjoyable than other hectic albums with no [discernible] time signature.
Man, it's not often I get a full erection listening to anything other than my own baby drowning, but this is done something to me.
so another album to the list of 1 hit and a load of filler! LOL! i mean take 5 is probably the only jazz song that everyone would recognise. which probably means in the jazz world its the worst song going and all the cool daddios hate it because its 'square'. it could be that the rest of this album is top jazz but as i still don't have a jazz hat and haven't perfected my 'nice!' i don't know. still it was nice background music to work to.
Take Five is pretty great. The rest of the songs are pleasant, but nothing really stuck out to me.
Easy listening. Could have been in a bookstore. Take Five is solid.
Solid jazz, but still jazz
It was fine. Most of the songs didn’t really stand out too much, but there’s still some nice stuff on here. 6/10
Kinda disappointed. Blue Rondo a la Turk and Take Five are catchy but overall I guess I'm not all that into this kind of cool jazz.
Don’t really like jazz
It was ok in the background but it did not spark joy. Funny time signatures I didn't get what that did
Too much Jazz. But still good on a music level.
Couldn't finish it. Wasn't very interested.
I just don't love jazz.
Great background music. Not my jam, but it's a lot of fun. If I hosted dinner parties, I would be all over this.
Good elevator music
It's the YA house open music
Nope. Not for me.
I actually really like Jazz. Jazz musicians understand their craft at a level most people will never appreciate. You have to really know music and your instrument in order to step on stage without knowing what you're going to do - if that makes sense. BUT - to me - Jazz shouldn't really be recorded. It's meant to be listened to live. AND, if you're going to record it, it should be a live recording, in my humble opinion. I like "dirty" jazz - I want to hear mistakes and guys talking to each other while they're playing. Dave and the rest of the quartet are truly talented musicians, but this seemed over-produced for a jazz album - and maybe a little self-indulgent (almost half the songs featured only Dave, not the quartet).
Never heard of this but 1959? that was a while ago. Trying to guess by the cover... maybe jazz? or "swing"? Ok it's jazz. Bit wacky, bit experimental, it's ok. End thoughts: I pretty much forgot it was going. That isn't exactly the mark of a good album. It didn't shit me, but it was completely forgettable. 2/5.
Apparently required listening for using unusual time signatures (at the time). I don't mind a coffeehouse record, but this coffeehouse is a bit too academic. Everyone here considers themselves an intellectual (they are). The cappuccino is too dry. C-
I don't usually listen to Jazz so this is definitely out of my wheelhouse but I've enjoyed the other Jazz records I've gotten on here more than this one. The only track that really stuck out to me was "Take Five". Most of it kind faded into the background. Per wikipedia I guess this is considered "cool jazz" with relaxed tempos and a lighter tone. That makes sense - probably just not the right Jazz for me (I typically favor more intense music). Your milage may vary.
Ihan chilliä menoa vaikkakin tämä genre ei edelleenkään hivele omaa sävelkorvaa(?).
Another hard to rate album. I guess its a important jazz album to fans and musicians in the genre but I only enjoyed it in chunks and would often find myself just unable to focus on it. It's not bad really. It would probably make a good background album for atmosphere but I could never find myself listening to it for pleasure. A 2 I guess but it really isn't so bad.
OK. Liked the vibe initially but got a bit borning
Leuk, voor een keer
Richard Cheese, zonder Richard… niet heel leuk dus…
I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with Jazz, and this leans more towards the latter side. Everybody knows Take Five; it's nice, but a bit boring for my taste. The album as a whole is much too cerebral. It's Jazz by the (odd) numbers, but it doesn't speak to me. 2/5
Écoute facile, bonne introduction au jazz.
Unlistenable dogshit. It’s the back in black of jazz.
garbage clown music soz
How delightfully wicked. The perfect soundtrack for eating lamb chops. Iris Law listens to it in the bath.
Ik heb echt m'n best gedaan, ben tot halverwege het 4e nummer gekomen. Maar toen begon het me zo op m'n zenuwen te werken dat ik iets anders opgezet.
Absolute classic full of ear worms, including the classic Take Five.