At the age of 91, Dave Brubeck has departed this earth and we have lost another great talent.
I am pretty sure that it was hearing the Dave Brubeck Quartets rendition of “Take Five” that really introduced me to jazz. Written by quartet member Paul Desmond this track always makes me stop and listen. This may seem strange to hear from a dedicated rock music lover. In truth I love all music that is played and presented well and for me the clear airy drumming with the iconic sax “vocal” all underpinned by Brubecks virtuoso piano playing has it all.
Of course Brubeck is more than this one single lifted from the 1959 album “Time Out” so as another tribute to Brubeck I include “Take The ‘A’ Train”
The Dave Brubeck web site is showing a nice collection of pictures of Brubeck over the years to a soundtrack showcasing a selection of tracks featuring Dave’s piano playing. The site is well worth a visit.
Brubeck died of heart failure yesterday, just one day before his 92nd birthday.
Dave we will miss you.