1966 in Germany
Dave Brubeck (1920-2012) - piano
Paul Desmond - alto sax
Eugene Wright - bass
Joe Morello - drums
"After graduating in 1942, Brubeck was drafted into the army and served overseas in George Patton's Third Army.
He was spared from service in the Battle of the Bulge when he volunteered to play piano at a Red Cross show; he was such a hit he was ordered to form a band. Thus he created one of the US armed forces' first racially integrated bands, "The Wolfpack".... Brubeck believed what he saw during World War II contradicted the Ten Commandments, and the war evoked a spiritual awakening. He became a Catholic in 1980, shortly after completing the Mass To Hope ."A fragment of To Hope after the jump....
December 2, 1997 Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Fragment from "To Hope! A Celebration" mass with the Russian National orchestra. Star jazz musicians with Dave Brubeck in Moscow include Bobby Militello on sax, Jack Six on bass and drummer Randy Jones. Conducted by Russell Gloyd. Soloists are soprano Maria Maskhulia, tenor Mark Bleeke and bass-baritone Kevin Deas. Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir.Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 5, 2012 9:19 AM