Among my many flaws, I am a piano player. The world of music lost a great one today.
…that your being a piano player is a flaw?:)
… in 2011.
Brubeck took the Paul Desmond song “Take Five” beyond the jazz world into the popular realm.
It is one of the very few songs in 5/4 time that most people have ever heard and thanks to Brubeck we can hum it at the drop of a hat.
Enjoy this version recorded in Belgium in 1964.
He and his wife also wrote lyrics to Take Five, here wonderfully sung by Carmen McRea:
of Take Five:
If this doesn’t work I’ll consider it my third strike.
I started playing piano a few years ago (played guitar since I was a kid) and once I got to a level where I felt I could tackle it, I learned a somewhat simplified version of Blue Rondo A La Turk, a favorite of mine since forever (9/8 time on that one). RIP, Dave.
I never listened to jazz when I was young, but the jukebox at one of our watering holes at UConn had “Take Five” on it and I’ve loved jazz ever since. He was a fantastic composer, and I learned tonight on WGBH that he never even learned to read music! The world lost a giant today.
And more importantly one of my favorites, Miles Davis, said Brubeck was one of the few white artists on par with him, high praise.
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