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Jon De Lucia

The Brubeck Octet Project

Musaeum Clausum Recordings
Release Date: July 12, 2024

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1 Curtain Music (Brubeck) (0:38)  
2 Love Walked In (Gershwin) (4:18)  
3 Fugue on Bop Themes (Van Kriedt) (4:05)  
4 Let’s Fall In Love (Arlen-Koehler) (4:30)  
5 IPCA (Smith) (5:59)  
6 September in the Rain (Warren-Dubin) (6:21)  
7 I Hear A Rhapsody (Fragos-Baker-Gasparre) (5:18)  
8 The Way You Look Tonight (Kern) (2:57)  
9 Prelude (Van Kriedt) (4:39)  
10 What Is This Thing Called Love? (Porter) (4:12)  
11 Love Me or Leave Me (Donaldson-Kahn) (5:55)  
12 Closing Theme (Brubeck) (0:37)  
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Ever curious about the underexplored corners of jazz history, alto saxophonist Jon De Lucia breathes new life into one important such chapter with The Brubeck Octet Project, dropping July 12 on his own Musæum Clausum Recordings imprint. The album documents De Lucia and his octet’s rediscovery and reconditioning of the arrangements played by the Dave Brubeck Octet, the innovative 1946-1950 unit with which the iconic West Coast pianist began his career.

De Lucia’s octet predates The Brubeck Octet Project. He formed the band in 2016 for another project at City College of New York (where he then taught), but it quickly became a weekly reading band, leaving the saxophonist constantly in search for new (old) repertoire. It was this quest that led him to the archives at Mills College (Brubeck’s alma mater), where he found many of the Brubeck Octet’s original handwritten charts in the papers of the band’s tenor sax and arranger, Dave Van Kriedt.

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