"Biography, social history, musicological
exploration ... this wonderful book is many things. But above all, it is a sort
of intoxicating literary jam session. Words and sentences spit and spin and
swing, creating rhythms and harmonies worthy of Brubeck himself. The sheer
descriptive verve, page after page, made me want to listen to every single
musical example cited. A major achievement."
—STEPHEN HOUGH, classical pianist and composer
"This is the writing about jazz that we've been
waiting for. By keeping the music at the center, and interweaving the
background of cultural, political and social change to illuminate the
development of the music, Clark gives us a complete picture of the artist's
life and work."
—MIKE WESTBROOK, jazzpianist and composer
"DAVE BRUBECK: A Life in Time is about the timeless life of the inspired and inspiring jazz master Dave Brubeck. This biography, written with love and passion, is a landmark document that is insightful and inspiring all in itself. Bravo!"—JOE LOVANO, jazz saxophonist
"A nontraditional biography that sings...as unconventional and compelling as its subject."
"A concise but comprehensive biography... [Clark] hits the right notes for die-hard Brubeck disciples and jazz neophytes alike."
"[A] remarkable biography... [Clark writes] intelligently and joyously... [and] fittingly, for a Brubeck biography, this is also a multifarious work; adventurous with narrative and structure."
"The emphasis on the technical side of Brubeck's music, and on Brubeck's impact on rock and other nonjazz music, is thought provoking."
"[This book] is that rare beast: an uncompromisingly analytical study that absorbs and entertains, illuminating both its subject and his social context."
—LONDON JAZZ NEWS
"A brilliant book."
"[A]n engaging new biography... we feel the grain and texture and historical weight of single moments, but only because we also understand the larger picture. It's a rare jazz biography that gives us both, so eloquently."
—THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
"Time Out may be what Brubeck (1920-2012) is known for, but, as Philip Clark reveals in Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time, it is merely the highlight of his long career as a composer, pianist and bandleader. Mr. Clark, a British music journalist, has been writing about Brubeck for more than 20 years. The present book is a crystallization of an interview he conducted with his subject over the course of several days in 2003, supplemented by further interviews with Brubeck, his family, his musicians and associates, and extensive research in the Brubeck archives. Thorough and authoritative, Mr. Clark has done a great service to his subject's legacy."—The Wall Street Journal
"Richly detailed... a great achievement."
"An articulate, scrupulously-researched account based on first-hand
information, this book presents Brubeck's contribution to music with the
critical insight that it deserves."
—BBC Music Magazine
"Compelling... By starting in [Brubeck's] autumnal years, the book almost cinematically conjures flashbacks to the past, which get fleshed out by interviews along the way."
"Detailed, informed and engaging... Philip Clark's revealing study enables a deeper and more complete understanding of this artist and pioneer's life and work."
"It's hard to imagine anyone more qualified to write a Brubeck bio than Philip Clark, who spent long periods of time with the man, his band members, and his wife Iola; had unlimited access to his papers and correspondence; and has been a flag-waving fan of the music for ages. His book contains a head-spinning amount of detail bordering on micro-history, with in-depth accounts of recording dates and tours going back to the beginning, as well as the kind of musical analysis that could only have come from years of close listening. To call it 'exhaustive' is to undersell it."
—The Los Angeles Review of Books