Music Mondays: Dave Digs Disney
I love hearing classic Disney tunes interpreted in a variety of artists in their own style, too. One of my favorites is Dave Digs Disney which features the Dave Brubeck Quartet. The story goes that Brubeck was inspired by a trip to Disneyland with his kids so wanted to play Disney songs in his jazz style.
Dave Digs Disney was first released in 1957 LP in mono. The famous quartet played and recorded their jazz renditions of what would be Disney classic songs like When You Wish Upon a Star and Heigh-Ho, Heigh Ho. Since there was not a demand for Disney songs during this time, much less jazz versions of Disney songs, the stereo mixes of this album were not available until later during the re-lease. It would find much success in later years and become a classic favorite with not only jazz fans but many Disney fans, too.
By 1957, some of the Walt Disney Animated classic movies that had been released up to this point were Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Disneyland opened in 1955. Many did not think of the songs in the Disney movies in this era to be more than just that. So if you think about it, Dave Brubeck was one of the first artist to take Disney songs and record their own versions in their own styles. It really is a classic and great record of Disney songs done in a jazz style by one of the most important figures to jazz music.
"One of my favorites is Alice in Wonderland, by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. This track is on an album full of Disney tunes called Dave Digs Disney from 1957. The Dave Brubeck quartet was one of the pioneers of the West Coast Jazz movement and is one of the most distinctive in jazz with Paul Desmond's lilting melodies on Alto Sax and Dave Brubeck's harmonics on Piano. Alice in Wonderland delivers on all counts."
Brubeck led the way for many musicians to take Disney songs and make it your own in terms of style. It was an album before its time, yet has become a "must-have" for any Disney music library.
Happy Music Monday!
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