Take Five is probably one of the jazz titles that is best-known to a mass audience. It was composed by Paul Desmond and it appeared on the album Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Pianist Brubeck had studied veterinary medicine before turning to music, and in 1949 he formed an octet, and then in 1951 his famous quartet with Paul Desmond playing saxophone. He signed with Columbia in 1954 and built up an excellent reputation, but in 1959 he became famous around the globe thanks to two titles, Take Five and Blue Rondo à la Turk. In France, the singer Claude Nougaro made the quartet’s work popular when he wrote the French lyrics for versions of Three to get ready (adapted as Le jazz et la Java) and Blue Rondo a la Turk (with the title A bout de souffle). Dave Brubeck was “quiet man”, far from the legends and excess often linked with jazz: he would spend six decades in a world where life, and jazz, was “cool.”
Vinyl represents the origin of music: the artwork, stories and imagination it brings upon its listeners is unmatched. Digital, ephemeral and naive consumption is essential, but we are here to offer a cultural consumption; one that is physical and deep with the purpose of enjoying music on a deeper level.
Its persistent culture is represented by this physical product. Finding an album in your record collection, reading a biography in your library, looking at the cover of the Miles Davis album while having breakfast is the way to keep the history of music anchored, rooted, present in our internal memory, in contrast to our present external memories.
Vinyl Story bridges our present culture to one of the past: 30 centimeters illustration, quality cell on vinyl groove, purity of sound on powerful speakers, with the illustration and artwork of today's artists including the biographical account of a specialist, collector or an academic.
In a single album Vinyl Story, sound, image and the artist’s history are brought together. Vinyl Story offers a synesthetic approach to culture, one that speaks to all the senses simultaneously: sight, sound, and touch. The Vinyl Story collection links the past to the richness of its culture and music to tomorrow’s world which always seeks to understand the origin of contemporary music.
Vinyl Story, the vinyl version of the Bdmusic Collection with one million albums sold in France, offers a reasoned understanding of music history by devoting an album to the founder musicians.