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Second only to Kind of Blue by Miles and Jazz Samba by Stan Getz, as the most commercially successful jazz record of all time (it even contained a single for the pop charts, paul desmond's magnificent Take Five), brubeck brilliantly popularised jazz and offered it as a palatable alternative to bobby vee. This album sold by the trunkload and made brubeck a popular star. Those jazz critics who shunned him for becoming too commercial must eat their words, as this is a monumental album of the finest modern jazz. blue rondo a la turk and kathy's waltz demonstrate this man's graceful, nonchalant class.