My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Time Out was recorded during three sessions at Columbia Studios in NYC in mid-1959 and released late that same year. This is the first jazz album to sell a million copies. Likewise, the single “Take Five” was the first jazz single to sell a million copies. The album was inspired by a trip Burbeck took to Turkey and the odd time signatures he witnessed some street musicians playing.
What I liked: While not completely captivating, the album is an interesting listen. My favorite track is probably “Blue Rondo a la Turk”, which sounds as though The Tran-Siberian picked up jazz instruments and it somehow the results turn out to be good. Also notable are “Take Five” and “Everybody’s Jumpin'” which are fun for their drum solos and interesting rhythms.
What I Didn’t Like/ My Overall Thoughts: As a whole, the album just doesn’t bring enough to the table to be one of the best ever. Not really being a jazz fan I just felt that I’d heard most of this before and it didn’t keep my interest
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? The album was obviously a pretty big pop culture moment, and was an especially important moment when jazz crossed back over into the mainstream. So, in that respect I can see the album being in the book. That being said, I felt it wasn’t all that different and certainly not better than the previous jazz records in the book… so I would eliminate it.
Rating (Out of 5): 2
Amazon Review (Out of 5):5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (21/26)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%