Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rest in peace, Dave Brubeck

A large piece of classic jazz music history is gone now.  Pianist and legendary quartet leader Dave Brubeck died today of heart failure, one day short of his 92nd birthday.

Brubeck wrote some jazz classics such as "The Duke" and "In Your Own Sweet Way."  But it was a song written by his saxophonist Paul Desmond, "Take Five," that the Dave Brubeck Quartet will be remembered for by most.  And the album that song came from, "Take Five," has gone into the history books as one of the great jazz albums ever recorded.

Brubeck's style, his playfulness with time signatures, and his mere presence will be missed by many.

Dave Brubeck's biography on Wikipedia

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