Dave Brubeck – Home At Last

Brubeck recorded a fair bit of solo piano and while he’s not one of my favourite piano players out there he had a terrific combination of freedom and swing that makes his music infectious once to start to listen to it.

This track perfectly exemplifies Dave’s solo playing over a ballad – lots of use of harmonic devices and stride like left-hand devices. Definitely worth a bit of study this, enjoy!

4 Comments

  • Vicheth commented on October 24, 2015 Reply

    I found this on vinyl when I was about 12 or so – I fell in love. The entire album is great but this track is one of the most brliailnt, sexy and unique arrangements that I’ve ever heard. Something to listen to on a rainy day. Thanks Chez.

  • Will commented on January 27, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for this transcription, sounds beautiful!

    I’m going to learn it as soon as possible.

    Thanks again

  • BJS commented on February 12, 2016 Reply

    Hi, while you probably weren’t holding your breath for a comment on a 4.5 year old post, let me add a bit of information about this wonderful tune by Brubeck.

    For reference, you can listen to Brubeck’s own recording (the one this transcription by older brother Howard Brubeck is based on) on the album Jazz Impressions of the U.S.A. The recording was made at Brubeck’s own home (probably on the piano which can also be heard on the album Brubeck Plays Brubeck), and in the liner notes, Brubeck describes this tune as trying to convey the calm feeling of finally getting back home after having been on the road for a long time.

    As far as I know, this is the only instance where the tune is called Home At Last, because usually you’ll hear the same melody and changes in Brubeck’s ‘Easy As You Go,’ which can be heard as played by Dave’s quartet, and there’s even a beautifully sung version by the quartet with Carmen McRae.

    The changes make some interesting jumps here and there, and it can be awkward to get a feel for them upon listening to the tune for the first couple of times. In my opinion, this solo version by Brubeck manages to bind together the changes in the most coherent and logical way out of all the recordings.

    One of Brubeck’s lesser known tracks, but indeed definitely worth a study.

    Piano level required is probably intermediate-advanced. Also, having a big left hand is a plus in the swing section!

  • danclarkson commented on February 12, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for the comment BJS . I’m still here as creator of the site, it’s just life has been getting in the way…. for the past 3 years :-) Dan

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