Dave Brubeck Octet

The Dave Brubeck Octet is a jazz album released by The Dave Brubeck Octet in 1956. It compiles the octet's complete recorded output made between 1946 and 1950, which was originally released in other forms. The artwork was credited to Arnold Roth.

Dave Brubeck Octet
Studio album by
Dave Brubeck Octet chronology
Brubeck Trio with Cal Tjader, Volume 2
Dave Brubeck Octet
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3.5/4 stars [2]


Jack Sheedy, the owner of a San Francisco–based record label called Coronet, was talked into making the first recording of an octet and a trio featuring Brubeck. But Sheedy was unable to pay his bills and in 1949 turned his masters over to his record stamping company, the Circle Record Company, owned by Max and Sol Weiss. The Weiss brothers soon changed the name of their business to Fantasy Records.[3]

The first 10 songs on the compilation were recorded between 1946 and 1948 and were released starting in 1950 by Fantasy under the title Old Sounds From San Francisco, first as two EPs then as a single 10-inch LP. The final eight tracks were recorded in 1950 and first released on a 10-inch LP in 1956 under the title Distinctive Rhythm Instrumentals. Later in 1956, Fantasy compiled the tracks from Old Sounds From San Francisco and Distinctive Rhythm Instrumentals and issued the Dave Brubeck Octet album as a 12-inch LP.[4]

Fantasy re-issued the Distinctive Rhythm Instrumentals album in its original 10-inch red vinyl format for Record Store Day 2012.[5]

Track listingEdit

  1. "The Way You Look Tonight"
  2. "Love Walked In"
  3. "What Is This Thing Called Love?"
  4. "September in the Rain"
  5. "Prelude"
  6. "Fugue on Bop Themes"
  7. "Let's Fall in Love"
  8. "Ipca"
  9. "How High the Moon"
  10. "Serenade Suite"
  11. "Playland at the Beach"
  12. "The Prisoner's Song"
  13. "Schizophrenic Scherzo"
  14. "Rondo"
  15. "I Hear a Rhapsody"
  16. "You Go To My Head"
  17. "Laura"
  18. "Closing Theme"



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 188. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Ted Gioia, "Dave Brubeck and Modern Jazz in San Francisco," West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California 1945–1960, Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1998 (reprint of 1992 edition), pp. 63-64.
  4. ^ "Dave Brubeck Octet". DaveBrubeckJazz.com. Retrieved October 31, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Dave Brubeck Octet: Distinctive Rhythm Instrumentals". RecordStoreDay.com. Retrieved October 31, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)