Picks and Pans Review: Going Strong

updated 08/21/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/21/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>MOSCOW NIGHT At 68, jazz pianist-composer Dave Brubeck just keeps getting better and better. His playing has acquired a more lyrical, sensuous quality, as he demonstrates in this 60-minute concert, which was taped in the Soviet Union in 1987. Highlighting the show are his innovative jazz impressions of Japan. Completing the Dave Brubeck Quartet are clarinetist Bill Smith, drummer Randy Jones and, on bass, Brubeck's son Chris. (A&E, Sun., Aug. 20, 10 P.M. ET)

NEIL SIMON With 24 plays to his name, from Come Blow Your Horn to the current Rumors, Simon says he can't turn off the creative flow. This 90-minute American Masters profile features adoring interviews with Carl Reiner, director Herbert Ross, Simon's ex-wife Marsha Mason, his brother Danny (who was the inspiration for Felix in The Odd Couple), Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Simon talks about, among other things, why critics won't take him seriously and how he discovered his humorous voice. (PBS, Mon., Aug. 21, 9 P.M. ET)

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