I’m In A Dancing Mood – 1960

Dave Brubeck


A rare performance from the Ed Sullivan Show

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The Dave Brubeck Quartet appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on a few occasions.

This particular appearance is somewhat unique for, after Brubeck plays a few bars of “Blue Rondo A La Turk,” Brubeck and Ed Sullivan engage in a humorous dialogue about the difficult music.

The pianist agrees to play something that even a “square” like Sullivan could enjoy, and then he launches into a version of “I’m In A Dancing Mood” that, despite having a strong melody, is actually at least as complex as “Blue Rondo A La Turk.”

Brubeck is joined by bassist Eugene Wright, drummer Joe Morello, and (briefly) altoist Paul Desmond.

-Scott Yanow


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