Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dave Brubeck (1920-2012), R. I. P.


David Warren Brubeck, 91 years. American progressive jazz pianist and composer, died December 5, 2012.


Dave Brubeck was an active musician to the end of his life. You really can't like jazz if you don't like at least some of Brubeck's work. Or all of it. Take your pick.

I read through some of his biography, here's an interesting item: he served under Gen. George Patton in Europe in World War II, mostly as an Army musician….his "Wolfpack" band was the only racially integrated unit in the American army. Good one, Dave.

I wonder how "Take Five" sounds when it's scored for massed harps? Click here for the earthly version from 1966, with Brubeck on piano and Paul Desmond on alto sax. Desmond wrote the sax melody.


Dave Brubeck. Requiescat in pace.

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