The performances by each band member are extraordinary on every track. It was unfortunate that Eugene Wright stays in the background with his standup bass; I also noticed that the sound on his bass is much lower in comparison to the other instruments. The sound was also a problem when focusing on a single instrument during a solo. With the exception of Joe Morello's solos, Paul Desmond and Brubeck's moments in the spotlight need quick adjustments to the sound levels to get them were they should be. Unfortunately, it is quite noticeable and even to the untrained ear I think it would be obvious. It surprises me that with the technology available today something as minor as a sound level would blemish such a wonderful performance.
Regardless of my criticisms of the overall sound, the music is simply spectacular and a joy to witness. It is no wonder that this quartet was one of the most popular in the world and a true trailblazer for modern jazz improvisation. This helped me to realize more than ever the importance of Dave Brubeck to jazz and music as a whole. To actually see a performance and listen to Dave talk about his music has much more of an impact than listening to a CD.