Dave Brubeck – Indian Summer

At 86, Dave Brubeck is still at the top of his solo ballad playing. Indian Summer catches Brubeck at his melancholic mood. Every track is treated with calm, gentle strokes. Even the stride pieces like “Sweet Lorraine” and “Summer Song” are relaxed and reflective. His soft, sensual touches turn “Georgia on My Mind” into a bluesy intimacy and give his own “Thank You” a classical sensation. The album is best experienced in a private setting.