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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.
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.
- Dave Brubeck - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brubeck was born in 1920 in Concord, California. His father was a cattle rancher, and his mother, who had studied piano in England, taught piano for extra money. Brubeck did not originally intend to become a musician but took lessons from his mother.