Brubeck was nothing if not ambitious and the blending on side two’s “Elementals” of classical and jazz music, while not the first such undertaking, sounds unforced and natural; not an embarrassing popularisation of the former nor an unctuous smartening up of the latter. While much credit for its success should go to the composer and arranger, props must be given to drummer Joe Morello whose energetic thumping during the piece’s later stages gives it real verve. Trading on the “time” conceit once again, side one is more traditional Brubeck fare, though it too is enlivened by the drummer. In really good condition, esp. for a pound at Demelza.
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