Time Out for Dave Brubeck

Take Five for Dave Brubeck

I've been a fan of Dave Brubeck for 40 years or so and have heard him in person twice. Once at Birmingham, Michigan's Groves High School and a second time in the National Cathedral in Washington where he performed liturgical music including a mass that he had composed. Brubeck is a supremely talented musician and an inventive composer known for his experimentation new jazz time signatures, e.g. 5/4.. His jazz opera entitled Cannery Row Suite was completed and performed in 2006.

Brubeck was born in 1920 on a cattle ranch near Concord, California. He had expected to work with his father on the ranch, but his mother who was a pianist from England taught him to play the piano and apparently instilled in him a love of music. Brubeck served in the Army under General George Patton in WWII. I heard Brubeck today on NPR discuss his career and his new DVD that has just come out. He is still going strong at 89.

Brubeck's Time Out is the all-time highest selling jazz album. I hope you enjoy the videos.

Time Out is the all-time best selling jazz album.
Time Out is the all-time best selling jazz album.

Take Five

Blue Rondo ala Turk

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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

I had never heard 'the dave brubeck quartet' before, they are amazing. Thank you so much, Ralph for introducing them to me.

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Brubeck is a genius. His compositions include very inventive "cool jazz," orchestral works, opera and liturgical music.

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barranca 7 years ago

good one, Ralph. Note that his sons are carrying on their father's tradition

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

That's true. I believe he has four sons all of whom are musicians.

Tnx for the comments.

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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Nice one, Ralph! I am also a Brubeck fan and enjoyed the vids, thanks. I have never heard Dave live, unfortunately.

Just linked your Hub to mine on the Time Out album.

I happen to know one of Dave's sons, Darius, who is head of the Jazz and Popular Music Centre at the University of Natal in Durban. I ahve heard him play often with various South African musos. He and my late brother Chris, also a jazz pianist, were also friends.

Love and peace


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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Tnx. I think Brubeck is coming to Detroit sometime this year. I hope to hear him. I suspect he won't be playing concerts much longer.

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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I enjoyed learning more about one of the giants of jazz music, Dave Brubeck. The videos are way cool. Much appreciated.

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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Thanks for this one Ralph. I've long been a Brubeck fan.

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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Nice tribute to Brubeck...excellent videos..

I was lucky enough to live in the Bay Area during his formation of the group that included Eugene Wright, a black bassist. Brubeck took a lot of heat from racist club owners wanting a white bassist, which he refused to perform for...he also turned down several TV appearances because he had found out that Wright would not be featured in the shoot...

This was around 1959 as I recall, when he came out with " Take Five " in that strange 5/4 beat...I was at Cal during this time and went to many of his appearances at the Circle Star Theater, The Purple Onion, and Zack's in Sausalito...Thanks again for this well-made Hub...Larry

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Wow! I heard him in person only twice. He's a genius and a very mellow man. Probably why he's lived and been active so long.

xj00477936 7 years ago

If you know anyone who might be interested in a Dave Brubeck seriagraph of Blue Rondo A La Turk w/ a photo by Will Claxton it is for sale here:


Michelebell28 6 years ago

I am such a fan! These were amazing video's - thanks. I actually just bought the box set "For All Time" from PopMarket.com at half the regular asking price. Heard he just got out of the hospital and is ready to start touring again - brave guy! Hope to see him!

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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment. I'm a lifelong Brubeck fan. I've heard him in person twice, once in Birmigham, Michigan and once at the National Cathedral in D.C.

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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

11-6-12NYTimes--Time's Out at 92 for Jazz Great Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck, Jazz Musician, Dies at 91 - NYTimes.com

Mr. Brubeck, best known for “Take Five,” experimented with time signatures and polytonality and explored baroque compositional devices and foreign modes.

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