3 Pannel Digipack
"The Real Ambassadors" (Columbia OS2250) was the first and only collaboration between Dave Brubeck and Louis Armstrong. It also features Carmen McRae, and the trio of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. The album consists of the music from a Broadway play written by Brubeck and his wife, lyricist Iola, full of anti-racism songs and tunes that celebrate human understanding. Despite the star-studded cast, it only had one live performance (at the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival), and the only existing version is the studio recording presented here. An instrumental reading of the ballad “Summer Song” by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, as well as four tunes presenting Carmen McRae backed by the same group (the only vocal tracks from the Brubeck LP Tonight Only!) have been added here as a bonus.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG, trumpet & vocals
CARMEN McRAE, vocals
DAVE LAMBERT, JON HENDRICKS & ANNIE ROSS, vocals
TRUMMY YOUNG, trombone & vocals
JOE DARENSBOURG, clarinet
DAVE BRUBECK & BILLY KYLE, piano
EUGENE WRIGHT & IRVING MANNING, bass
JOE MORELLO & DANNY BARCELONA, drums
New York, July-December, 1961.
(*) Bonus Tracks (16-20):
: PAUL DESMOND, alto sax; DAVE BRUBECK, piano;
NORMAN BATES, bass; JOE MORELLO, drums.
New York, November 16, 1956.
[17-20]: CARMEN McRAE, vocals; PAUL DESMOND, alto sax;
DAVE BRUBECK, piano; EUGENE WRIGHT, bass;
JOE MORELLO, drums.
New York, September 9, 1960.
01 EVERYBODY’S COMIN’
02 CULTURAL EXCHANGE
03 GOOD REVIEWS
04 REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE
05 MY ONE BAD HABIT
06 SUMMER SONG
07 KING FOR A DAY
08 BLOW SATCHMO
09 THE REAL AMBASSADOR
10 IN THE LURCH
11 ONE MOMENT WORTH YEARS
12 THEY SAY I LOOK LIKE GOD
13 SINCE LOVE HAD ITS WAY
14 I DIDN’T KNOW UNTIL YOU TOLD ME
15 SWING BELLS/BLOW SATCHMO/FINALE
16 SUMMER SONG [instrumental version] (*)
17 WEEP NO MORE (*)
18 BRIAR BUSH [aka SOUTHERN SCENE] (*)
19 PARADIDDLE JOE (*)
20 STRANGE MEADOWLARK (*)
TOTAL TIME: 66:19 Min.