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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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