The Dave Brubeck – Time Further Out – Our Stereo Shootout Winner from 2011

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame .

This Columbia Original Six-Eye Label Stereo pressing is the new ALL TIME CHAMPION for this album, with two INCREDIBLE A+++ sides and surprisingly quiet vinyl for a record this old! We just finished a big shootout for Time Further Out and this copy was the best BY FAR. It gives you big drums, incredible spaciousness, tight bass, extended highs and wonderful clarity. I don’t think you could find a better sounding copy no matter what you did!   

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.

On that same side is one of Brubeck’s classics: Unsquare Dance. The AMG comments about the time signatures employed on this record. Since I am not a musician I would never even know that these exotic rhythms are being used. The liner notes explain a lot of it, but it’s all over my head. But good music I know something about and this album is full of it, especially on side two.


Side One

It’s a Raggy Waltz 
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.