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Dave Brubeck's 'Lullabies' plays like a soundtrack to half-remembered dreams, melodies floating in and out of focus through clouds of harmonic invention and lush textures / London JazzNews

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In his liner notes to this typically unassuming album, Dave Brubeck remembers his mother playing to him and his siblings as they drifted off to sleep, a practice he later continued with his own children and grandchildren. Brubeck's mother also believed in prenatal influence, playing music to her children in the womb. There's something, evidently, about hearing music in a kind of peripheral consciousness that holds a special relevance here, a process of both learning and imparting music that relies on gradual immersion rather than active study. And this recording plays like a soundtrack to half-remembered dreams, melodies floating in and out of focus through clouds of harmonic invention and lush textures.

There's a feeling that Brubeck started out meaning to play these tunes pretty straight, but then couldn't help himself.

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