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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:56 AM

Jazz great, Dave Brubeck, has died.

Source: Chicaco Tribune

Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd.

Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure, en route to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” said Gloyd.

Throughout his career, Brubeck defied conventions long imposed on jazz musicians. The tricky meters he played in “Take Five” and other works transcended standard conceptions of swing rhythm.




Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-dave-brubeck-dead-20121205,0,7126256.column



RIP, to a true jazz pioneer and lion. You will be missed.

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Reply Jazz great, Dave Brubeck, has died. (Original post)
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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:57 AM

1. Bye Dave...

Liked the music alot....thanks.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:01 PM

2. This news is a kick in the gut. He was/is an inspiration.

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Response to MrYikes (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:20 PM

12. Ditto.

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Response to MrYikes (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:19 PM

48. Hearing Brubeck turned me on to the music

I've been a lifelong jazz aficionado. Thanks, Dave wherever you are.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:02 PM

3. He had a wonderful life!

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:02 PM

4. I have several of his LPs.

Actually, inherited from my late sister. We used to wear 'em out, listening to Dave's amazing music together. Oh, the memories he left me! Best of the best, he was. Will miss him, just as I'll always miss my sister, one of his biggest fans.

RIP, Dave, and thank you!

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:03 PM

5. R.I.P. Dave Brubeck

Saw him perform at the McCarter Theater in Princeton a couple of times.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:05 PM

6. Brubeck was a man ahead of his time...

There was this brief time, late '50s to early '70s when there was an explosion
of innovative music, and Brubeck was part of it.

Jazz is one of the uniquely American art forms, and Brubeck perfected it.
As a child I heard his music... and adored it.
His style is all his own, and no one can touch it.

Improvise away, o master of divine music!
Heaven is is place where jazz soars... even here and now.

Hope that there are lots of tributes to him today;
this world needs to be reminded of the joy and influence of jazz.

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Response to noel711 (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:21 PM

13. I recall that time...

there were some great innovators during that time....and Brubeck was one of the best...

Bye Dave...and thanks...

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:06 PM

7. When I was a boy, he came to one of my parent's noisy parties. He played the piano loud that night.

But, better than most of the others. Thanks for keeping me up, Dave.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:10 PM

8. My first jazz concert -- 1960 Island Garden Hempstead.

The Quartet played "Take Five." We went backstage and hung out with Dave, Gene, Paul, and Joe. A profound influence on me.



RIP Dave.

--imm

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:12 PM

9. One of the greats. Saw him in Anchorage, and I wasn't sure how it would go because

he had to be helped to the piano. But when he sat down he owned that instrument, played as good as he ever had.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:17 PM

10. Rest in peace Dave and thanks for the music.

Thanks for the thread, 1gobluedem.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:18 PM

11. Saw him in Pgh.

Soldiers and Sailors Hall, 1974. I was 17. Saw him on WQED, then ran out and bought ticket for the upcoming performance. I have never forgotten it. Sad news.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:23 PM

14. Thanks for the heads up.

Lots of old stars dim and go out, but this cat's music was formative in my life as a youngster.

good luck to ya, Mr. Bruebeck....

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:26 PM

15. The scene in the movie Pleasantville

where Take Five plays on the juke box and color begins to fill the soda shop. That's what his music did.

Rest in peace and thank you, sir. Your music was a revelation and a joy.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:27 PM

16. rest in peace n/t

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:27 PM

17. One of the early lights to my mind & heart. Take Five in AllOne, Dave!

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:28 PM

18. Rest in Peace, Dave.

Loved Take Five.
Blue Rondo was borrowed from the Rondo alla Turca (Turkish Rondo) by Mozart. Not literally but in general style:

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:31 PM

19. ONE twothreefourfive, ONE twothreefourfive

ONE twothreefourfive, ONE twothreefourfive....

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Response to RadiationTherapy (Reply #19)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:36 PM

20. 5/4

gotta love it.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #20)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:13 PM

51. Nonstandard time signatures are pretty much always fun.

Tragically underused too, even the more 'obvious' ones like 5/4 and 7/4.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:37 PM

21. Brilliant, brilliant man. We won't see his like again.


Think of the instincts and intellect it took to compose what is probably the coolest tune ever, and to do it in 5/4 time ("Take Five")? Thank you, Mr. Brubeck.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #21)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:23 PM

27. Brubeck wrote most of the tunes on "Time Out" but not "Take Five."

Paul Desmond wrote that one.

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Response to Gormy Cuss (Reply #27)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:13 PM

40. Ah! Thanks!

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Response to Gormy Cuss (Reply #27)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:02 PM

44. I Probably Knew That At One Point, But I'd Forgotten It.


I also heard that Brubeck, in spite of having a music degree, never really learned how to read or write music. His wife helped him put it all down on paper.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #44)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:19 PM

50. I only remember it because Desmond was a personal favorite of mine

(another reed player here)
I didn't realize that Brubeck couldn't read or write music, nor as I learned today that he had studied with Darius Milhaud. Brubeck was a remarkable musician and I'm glad he enjoyed a good long life.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:41 PM

22. RIP

One of the greats.
He was quite a musician.
The "Time Out," and "Time Further Out" were two of the most revolutionary Jazz albums of the 20th century.
Some of the time signatures require great concentration to play.
Listen to "Unsquare Dance" some time. It was written in 7/4 time!

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:55 PM

23. He's an artist, a pioneer

We've got to have some music on the new frontier

--Donald Fagen's tribute to Dave Brubeck in "New Frontier".

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:13 PM

24. ...../....

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:15 PM

25. RIP Dave. Your music will live on forever and will always sound innovative and fresh.

 

Take Five was originally recorded in the year of my birth.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:17 PM

26. One of the greatest. Condolences to the Brubeck family

I grew up in Stamford CT and use to attend The Jackie Robinson Jazz Concerts. Dave was a fixture.

This is sad, sad news.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:26 PM

28. from my home town

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:28 PM

29. Thanks for the music

and memories. Saw him w/ his sons in Palm Springs at a small venue. It was magical.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:29 PM

30. Goodbye Mr. Genius

Thanks for the great music.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:31 PM

31. I'm just a bit surprised how it's hit me. I'm crying. He was part of the soundtrack of my life.

I bought his album "Jazz Goes To College" when I was a teen in the 50s, and then was one of the million-plus who bought "Time Out" and then bought "Time Further Out" ... and played them endlessly. Thus began my everlasting love affair with jazz.

The first date I had with my ex-wife was in 1971 ... a concert that was part of Dave's "Reunion Tour" (with Paul Desmond) where, in a constant rain, we sat just under the edge of the amphitheater roof, leaning forward both to hear and to avoid the drizzle off the roof. The fact that SHE was almost as enthralled by Brubeck as I, and she never whined about the rain or wanted to leave, was a big part of why I married her.

When we lived in Rochester (NY) we went to EVERY concert when Brubeck came to town ... or when his son Darius came to town. Rochester (home of the Eastman School and the Mangione family) was a stop for any jazz great on tour ... and we LOVED that.

Dave Brubeck was not only a great jazz musician, he was a kind and decent human being. He touched my life. I'll miss him.

God's baked a cake and will celebrate Dave's 92nd birthday tomorrow -- with Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald and many others in attendance. The music will be GREAT!


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Response to TahitiNut (Reply #31)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:46 AM

58. You are so sweet, nut.

It's really something how great artists can be such a part of our lives, a real gift.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:36 PM

32. sometimes used

'take five' when opening my jazz show at wbur in the 70's. RIP big guy.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:40 PM

33. Take Five, Dave

I've loved your music for so many years. This evening, I know what we'll be listening to.

May you groove in that great Blue Rondo in the sky.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:41 PM

34. Damn!

One of my absolute favorites! Dave really opened my eyes, or should I say ears, to complex rhythms in jazz and that lead to other styles and forms. I always wanted to see him perform live but sadly never got the chance.

Time to Take Five and RIP.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:45 PM

35. He was interviewed for the Ken Burns documentary "Jazz". One segment really stuck

in my mind. He had tears in his eyes and his voice broke when he recalled this experience:

SMITH: There's one other very important and vivid experience you had with your dad that really made an impression on you in terms of fighting racial inequality. Tell me about that.

DAVE: I think I may have been six or seven, but I have to guess. And I don't know what was in my father's mind, but we were together. I used to go with him sometimes when he'd buy cattle. on the Sacramento River. And my wife's uncle always hung out with a black rodeo rider. His name, believe it or not, was Shine. And so my dad just brought me up to this guy and he said "open your shirt for Dave and show him your chest." And he did and there was this brand on his chest. And my dad said "something like this should never happen again.." …You've gotta remember I'm around cattle branding and I know what it's like, that hot iron, 'cause I've branded hundreds of cattle. And the hotter the iron, the less it will hurt and the quicker you can get off, get off the burning and the smell of that burnt hair and skin. So you want to get that fire as hot as you can. And the whole picture came to my mind, because I've been around branding as long as I can remember. And to see a, a wonderful man having had to go through that was just too much for me….It had an impact on me that I'll never forget. All of my life I thought what I can do about this. It's like my dad telling me to do something about it.

http://www.pbs.org/brubeck/talking/daveOnRacial.htm

RIP, Dave. You will be missed.


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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:47 PM

36. RIP

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:08 PM

37. "Time Out" was the only jazz album I ever owned

Didn't need another, because I had the one that counted.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:12 PM

38. I am crushed....

he leaves us all a rich legacy.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:13 PM

39. Another great one leaves us.

His music will live on.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:21 PM

41. Oh no!

I was named for one of his songs.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:43 PM

42. Brubeck is a HUGE influence on me.

It's because of his album "Time Further Out" that I learned about odd time signatures in music and the art of Joan Miro as a young kid.

It's no exaggeration to say that of the thousands of albums I've listened to, this one has opened more artistic doors for me than any other.

I've spent so many happy hours listening to the music of his various bands, I can play a lot of his tunes in my head and know every part of every solo on some tunes by heart (well, not to play but to listen!).

His sons are also excellent musicians. I had the great fortune to see them play with him in the 1970s (Gerry Mulligan, Alan Dawson, & Jack Six were part of the same concert!).

Great musician, great humanitarian. I'm so sorry he's left us, but I'm glad he was here so long and gave us so much great music.



In the end, possibly my favorite memory of Dave is this recording of him and the great Jay "Hootie" McShann (early employer of Charlie Parker):


This immortal track captures the way I feel right now:


Tears today, but a lifetime of joy. Thanks, Dave.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:52 PM

43. Brubeck put jazz on the pop map. My, what a loss...

I never saw him live, except for a 1960 T.V. show which featured Brubeck and his group, playing the "long version" of Take Five. We lived across the yard from our neighbor, but couldn't pick up the Daytona channel, so we watched there. What a fine song and career.

Most here probably don't know how much impact "Take Five" had on the music scene. Rock 'n' Roll was in a lull, Folk was arguably at it's high-water mark, and pop was rather weak. Then that song hit. Huge sales, heard it everywhere, saw the act frequently on T.V. There have been jazz songs before and since which have dipped into the old Top 40, but for a time Brubeck owned the chart. And jazz musicians had big-time popular credibility.

A lion indeed!

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:51 PM

45. Now he's really playing "outside". RIP, great man. nt

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:03 PM

46. Rest in peace, Mr. Brubeck, your music lives on.

Oh man, he gave us such great great influential music.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:18 PM

47. TAKE FIVE is a gift that keeps on giving....

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 04:33 PM

49. RIP

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:21 PM

52. R.I.P.

Grew up on Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Ramsey Lewis, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, et al., thanks to Dad.

Brubeck's songs and rhythms are heard everywhere and really helped to define uptempo modern jazz... Simple acoustic playing.

R.I.P. sir and will continue to listen to your masterful playing.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:51 PM

53. Godspeed, Dave

You were one of a kind

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:52 PM

54. One of the Jazz greats...

I first heard Brubeck when I was 8 years old and have loved Brubeck and Jazz ever since. I had the opportunity to see him in concert 3 years ago when he was 89 and still touring. He was as good as ever. He will be missed by millions of his fans!

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 10:31 PM

55. Very sad news indeed.

I once saw him live in Hartford Connecticut at a free concert. A very good man and an excellent musician.

RIP Mr Brubeck.

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:24 AM

56. RIP!

He made me like Jazz!

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 03:42 AM

57. His sound will always represent that era in the sixties, will evoke it accurately.

i rememember WGN used take five as an intro to their 10 PM movie for many years.



I just played the hell out of "Time Out" it's perfect from start to finish

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Response to 1gobluedem (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:22 AM

59. So perfect that he passed one day before the age of 92... hear me out-

Fitting, too, that he should die one day before his 92nd birthday. the man who single-handedly brought the odd time signature to the western world just couldn't bring himself to end on an even count! Bravo, Maestro!

He changed civilization as we know it- and all for the better.

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