Dave Brubeck Has Died

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dave Brubeck has died.

The legendary jazz composer and pianist, whose inventive style infused such pieces as “Take Five” – in 5/4 time became instant ear candy for generations of music fans. His exotic rhythms were intoxicating — even for people not usually fans of jazz.

Mr. Brubeck was 91 and died in Connecticut.

Dave Brubeck’s career spanned the American jazz since World War II. He formed The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951 and was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine, circa’ Nov. 8, 1954. His sophisticated rhythms came to define the 1950s and 1960s jazz club scene.

His seminal album “Time Out,” released in 1959, was the first ever million selling jazz LP, and is still among the bestselling jazz albums of all time. “Time Out” opens with “Blue Rondo a la Turk” in 9/8 time – nine beats to the measure versus of the usual  two, three or four beats. “Time Out” also features the beloved “Take Five”.

RIP, Mr. Brubeck. You will be missed.

Please listen to “Take Five” here.

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12 Responses to Dave Brubeck Has Died

  1. Debbie Banuelos says:

    Oh, this is very sad news. Dave Brubeck was one a million.

    I realized I was was in love 28 years ago while Take Five played on the record player. Unlike many jazz musicians, Brubeck’s style was effortless and wrapped you in his arms.

    Take Five remains one of my all-time favorite pieces of music. RIP.

  2. Tiny Dancer says:

    I’ve been comforted by the Time Out album many times. Brubeck is forever etched in my soul. Like you say, he will be missed but his music lives on.

  3. Marcus Ybanez says:

    I remember Brubeck being honored at the Kennedy Center Honors on his birthday in 2010.

    He looked happy and content. His sons were there too. I read an article that said Brubeck was so poor at one point he couldn’t pay an $8 a night motel for his family. His success came late but man, talk about success. Brubeck stands alone in the Jazz world.

  4. NG says:

    Many years ago, there was a teacher in high school who felt that was I too obsessed with The Beatles, so he had me sit and listen to Dave Brubeck and the Time Out album. Gave me extra credit, too.

  5. Adirondacky says:

    Wow. The passing of a true great. R.I.P. Dave.

  6. Unconditional1 says:

    Well stated, Chris! He was a true visionary and legend…!

  7. Randy Arroyo says:

    I think Dave Brubeck was the first jazz artist I was introduced to. He was followed by Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. These musicians were just that — musicians. They didn’t wear flashy outfits or come out on stage and dance. No, these artists created jazz and their contributions will never be forgotten.

  8. ajihani says:

    Brubeck was a great musician and a gentleman. May he rest in peace.

  9. feminazi says:

    In the 1960’s, my late husband and I saw Dave Brubeck perform at the Newport Jazz Festival. He was glorious. Passing away at 91 means he enjoyed a long, accomplished life. I think of people like Amy Winehouse who tragically died at 27. Brubeck led a blessed life.

  10. DMason says:

    I have to admit not knowing Dave Brubeck. But after reading this blog entry and listening to the music clip, I can understand why he was so beloved. This song, “Take Five,” is wonderful. Thanks for the introduction to him, Christopher.

  11. Fran says:

    I am a big Brubeck fan. Had the opportunity to hear him perform live several years ago as an “80 something”– he could barely walk, but when he started playing on the piano, he was young again. He’s a legend & a real musician- both a composer & performer.

  12. Joey says:

    Hey, I see you haven’t updated in a while. That’s great because you’re a pretty crappy blogger.

    Ta ta!

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