It’s About Time


The Dave Brubeck Story
Fred M. Hall
With a foreword by Gene Lees
978-1-55728-405-1 (paper)
July 1996


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Including an extensive annotated discography, It’s About Time is much more than an upbeat examination of the Brubeck phenomenon. It is also a penetrating view of the culture, the music, the musicians, the recording industry, the country, and the century that gave birth to jazz.

Fred M. Hall has been in music and radio broadcasting since 1941 and writes prolifically on jazz and big bands. He is producer and distributor of Fred Hall’s Swing Thing, an internationally syndicated radio show heard in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, and Wales, and has worked with and known many of the greats of the Golden Era of Swing. He lives currently in South Lake Tahoe, California, with his wife, Gita.

“Pianist and composer Dave Brubeck led a jazz quartet that produced the pop hit “Take Five” and achieved acclaim during the 1950s and 1960s. Hall, a veteran radio broadcaster, writes a fan’s account of Brubeck’s personal journey from boyhood up through international celebrity. Through interviews with Brubeck and others, we hear tales of “life on the road,” meet Bru’s peers, and learn something about his music, mostly about his later orchestral works. Questions about Brubeck’s entire musical corpus and its place in jazz are better answered in Ilse Storb’s Dave Brubeck: Improvisations and Compositions (Peter Lang, 1994). Hall’s discography lists American-issued recordings but excludes the many European releases and reissues. Appropriate for general audiences.”
Library Journal (Paul Baker, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison)

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