March 7, 2010 – 4:15 am

Payback time for Christians. Lent is a time for Christians to reflect on the passion of Christ.

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Mass “To Hope” Live [no label, 1CD]

Live at “Salzburger Jazzherbst”, Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria, November 1, 2004. Ex FM stereo.

To start Lent, here’s a rarity - Dave Brubeck performing his 1980 composition, To Hope! A Celebration, at the Salzburg festival. Composed at the request of Ed Murray, then editor of the Catholic Weekly, Our Sunday Visitor, To Hope! was possibly Brubeck’s first Christian work. He became a Roman Catholic shortly after writing this piece.

An unidentified Brubeck quote from Wapedia had him say, “I didn’t convert to Catholicism, because I wasn’t anything to convert from. I just joined the Catholic Church.”

But Brubeck is no stranger to long compositional pieces, marrying jazz to other forms of music. He had already written the critically acclaimed The Gates Of Justice in 1969. Brubeck has a long history of involvement in social and political side projects.

Said music fan Steve Seim on Amazon.com: “To Hope!” is Dave Brubeck’s attempt at composing a mass, or Christian liturgy. The result is mixed. Unlike Vince Guaraldi’s masterpiece Grace Cathedral Concert, this is not a jazz piano mass. Instead, it is largely a contemporary-classical work, focused on vocals and traditional arrangements. It does, however, include several jazz passages, including one that swings almost like a ’50s surf-rock record. Not everyone will like this recording, but every fan of jazz or contemporary sacred music should listen to it.”

That sums it up accurately. This is not a blend of musical styles but rather classical music sitting next to Brubeck’s stinging piano-led jazz. As one form ends, the other begins. The two styles never weave into each other. The best example of Brubeck’s inspired writing here is the track Alleluia. It is an almost nine-minute uplifting choral piece that segues into a contemporary jazz workout that swings.

Thanks to rillenheini who shared the lossless tracks on Dime.
- Professor Red

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Processional> Lord, Have Mercy - 5:34 (7.6MB)
Track 02. The Desert And The Parched Land > The Peace Of Jerusalem - 8:57 (12.3MB)
Track 03. Alleluia - 8:48 (12.1MB)
Track 04. Father All Powerful > Holy, Holy, Holy - 6:00 (8.2MB)
Track 05. While He Was At Supper - 3:32 (4.8MB)
Track 06. When We Eat His Bread > Though Him, With Him > Great Amen - 6:37 (9.0MB)
Track 07. Our Father - 3:08 (4.3MB)
Track 08. Lamb Of God - 1:50 (2.5MB)
Track 09. All My Hope - 10:37 (14.9MB)
Track 10. Gloria - 2:49 (3.8MB)

TT: 57:58m

Jazz Quintet
Dave Brubeck (p)
Bobby Militello (as)
Michael Moore (b)
Randy Jones (dr)

plus Salzburger Bach-Chor
with Russell Gloyd (cond)
Andrineh Simonian (soprano)
Jeremy Pick (tenor)
Kevin Deas (baritone)

Originally recorded for Telarc in 1996, you can buy the studio version of Dave Brubeck’s To Hope! A Celebration here.

Other fans prefer his 1969 cantata, The Gates Of Justice, where Brubeck’s compositional work appears to be more interesting. On this album, Brubeck marries Jewish spirituality with Black America’s spiritual and jazz roots using the words of Dr Martin Luther King. Brubeck wrote The Gates Of Justice during America’s social and cultural upheaval to heal the rift between Blacks and Jews apparently. Reissued in 2004, you can buy Gates Of Justice here.

  1. 4 Responses to “LENT”

  2. very ambiguous, very catholic, I’d prefer Take 5 (or Take 10, if you want more Paul Desmond).

    By Walter on Mar 7, 2010

  3. just for jazz admirers, who may not know, Brubeck has studied extensively with Olivier Messiaen, who was a strong believer. Apart from the extensive religious implication, he is still one of, or should I say THE most advanced modern composer and the single most influential composer of the 20th century (Gy├Ârgy Ligeti, you are also great, too!!). I strongly recommand to listen to CHRONOCHROMIE or LE CATALOGUE D’OISSEAUX (the latter is available as a marvellous 3CD box by Anatol Ugorski, one of the true master pianists).
    I have to say, that I appreciate very much that bigozine also has a limited number of great classical music in their archives (maybe we can expand on this in the future and attract more classical/contemporary music lovers). Keep on truckin’

    By Walter on Mar 7, 2010

  4. Quote: “To start Lent…”

    Sorry but you are way behind the times. Today, the 7th March is the THIRD Sunday of Lent already.

    OOOPS !!!!!!!!!!

    By Denise on Mar 7, 2010

  5. The jazz group is a quartet, isn’t it?

    By dhk1603 on Mar 11, 2010

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