Despite a few setbacks it was a very successful training week last week totalling 17 hours and 10 minutes. Some of those highlights include over 300km’s covered on the bike within a 5 day span, two brick runs, a successful long morning run followed up by a decent moderate “double run” later in the day (totaling 32k of pavement pounding in a single day – 43.8k on the week) and a successful strength workout in the pool. Oh, and there is also the 12 hour work day that was the SunRype Tri-Kids event in London, Ontario yesterday as well.
So yeah… I feel like I deserve a day off (in fact, I am commencing with “Recovery Week” this week) and simply keep today’s efforts to a minimum with only this gentle core and yoga routine on the mat over lunch with the ‘Countdown: Time In Outer Space‘ record by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Released in 1962 on the Columbia label and dedicated to Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, this album represents one of Dave Brubeck’s more adventurous albums. It was the next in a series of concept albums (serving as an ode to The Space Race) studying the exploration of unusual meters and polytonality within a jazz context; meaning it uses a variety of potentially difficult time signatures.
‘Countdown: Time In Outer Space‘ is a vividly-paced tour de force that highlights another dazzling artistic phase for The Dave Brubeck Quartet as they demonstrate a set of exhilarating grooves, cosmic swing, fast-paced musical action and absolute timing which had made such a stupendous hit. Starting with the startling drum attack on ‘Countdown‘ (not to be confused with the John Coltrane classic), the versatile track set then blasts off with other classic compositions including ‘Eleven Hour‘, ‘Why Phillies Waltz?‘, ‘Castilian Drums‘, ‘Fast Life‘, ‘Danse Duets‘ and the solo piano hit ‘Back To Earth‘ until ending gracefully on ‘Fatha‘ – Brubeck’s symbolic tribute to Earl Hines.
Running about just roughly 43 minutes non-stop, this album certainly has plenty to offer as Brubeck’s quartet handles it with with sheer endeavor and crackling ecstasy, where the colorful tracks shouts with sophistication and amour that makes both the fascinating rhythm section abeited by Joe Morello’s thunderous drum solos and the great performances sound ‘out of this world’. So with additional swirling percussion, this timeless testament from Brubeck’s official “Time Signature” album series will
forever soar with breathtaking greatness throughout the ages.
Also of interest is that the front cover features a contemporary painting by Franz Kline who unfortunately would die in May of 1962, just after this album was released.
Nice addition to my growing Jazz Boner collection.
Of course, now that I know that this album is just one within a series of similar albums released between 1960 and 1966, my obsessive-compulsive nature means that I also now have to be on the look out for and find the other (4) albums in this series for my collection to be truly complete.
Let the hunting begin…