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.