The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Further Out – Our Mono Shootout Winner from 2010

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame for this amazing MONO LP.

This Columbia Six-Eye pressing is THE BEST SOUNDING MONO COPY OF THIS ALBUM WE’VE EVER HEARD! The better Mono pressings of this album give you extra immediacy, more solidity to the drums, and energy like you wouldn’t believe. That makes the drum solo on side two sound OUT OF THIS WORLD. Most copies are congested and veiled, but not this one! The sound is spacious and transparent with wonderful presence. You will not believe how lively it is! 

Both sides are rich and full-bodied with lots of sweetness and extension up top. The energy and transparency are wonderful. The bass is a bit tubby, but that’s what you get on these vintage Six Eye pressings. It’s worth it when there’s as much tubey magic as you get on this pressing.

The drum solo Joe Morello does on Far More Drums is one of the best on record. Hearing it on a beautiful original Columbia pressing is a very special experience. Big drum sound in a big room, just the way I like it. I was playing this song recently and it occurred to me that it is IMPOSSIBLE for any screen speaker of any nature to reproduce the sound of those drums properly. I don’t care how many subs you have. Most of the music is not in the deep bass anyway. It’s the lower midrange and midrange whack that a dynamic speaker reproduces correctly and a screen speaker does not. This is the album you need to take with you to your local stereo store next time you audition speakers. It will help clarify the issues. Screen speakers do many things well, but they don’t do drums. If drums are important to you, get a dynamic speaker.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

It’s a Raggy Waltz 
Bluette 
Charles Matthew Hallelujah  
Far More Blue

Side Two

Far More Drums 
Maori Blues 
Unsquare Dance 
Bru’s Boogie Woogie 
Blue Shadows in the Street 

AMG Review

The selections, which range in time signatures from 5/4 to 9/8, are handled with apparent ease (or at least not too much difficulty) by pianist Brubeck, altoist Paul Desmond, bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Joe Morello on this near-classic.