A Tribute to Dave Brubeck 1920 – 2012

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Dec 6, 2012 ~ Dave Brubeck is the biggest selling jazz artist of all time.

Dec 5, 2012 ~ Reuters and ABC News announced the sudden loss of jazz great David Warren “Dave” Brubeck (December 6, 1920 — December 5, 2012). His son announced he passed on the way to visit his cardiologist from a heart attack. He was an American jazz pianist. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “The Duke”. Brubeck’s style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother’s attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the saxophone melody for the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s best remembered piece, “Take Five”,[which is in 5/4 time and has endured as a jazz classic on one of the top-selling jazz albums, Time Out. Brubeck experimented with time signatures throughout his career, recording “Pick Up Sticks” in 6/4, “Unsquare Dance” in 7/4, “World’s Fair” in 13/4, and “Blue Rondo à la Turk” in 9/8. He was also a respected composer of orchestral and sacred music, and wrote soundtracks for television such as Mr. Broadway and the animated mini-series This Is America, Charlie Brown.

Dec 5, 2012 Dave Brubeck Tribute (1920-2012) The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Blue Rondo A La Turk from the Dave Brubeck Quartet album Time Out (1959).Take Five is also from the album Time Out,and would become a Pop and Modern Jazz Standard.

Dave Brubeck Tribute (1920-2012)

2007: Brubeck on early jazz influences

Dec 5, 2012 ~ At the 2007 Grammy Awards, jazz legend Dave Brubeck talks to reporters about the cultures that influenced early jazz.

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