This four-CD boxed set does a near-perfect job of summing up Dave Brubeck
's extensive recorded legacy. Drawing its recordings from not only Columbia but Fantasy, Atlantic and Music Masters, the attractive package also includes an extensive booklet written by Doug Ramsey
that can serve as a mini-biography. The focus is naturally on the Brubeck Quartet
with altoist Paul Desmond
but there is also music from before and after their association, even including one otherwise unissued performance, a remarkable polytonal polyrhythmic version of "Tritonis." Although completists will prefer to acquire Dave Brubeck's individual releases, this set is perfect for those just beginning to explore the magic of his music.