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Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck dead at 91
Reuters ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Christine Kearney

Posted on 12/05/2012 4:37:01 PM PST by Alaska Wolf

(Reuters) - Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, whose choice of novel rhythms, classical structures and brilliant sidemen made him a towering figure in modern jazz, has died at the age of 91, his longtime manager and producer Russell Gloyd said on Wednesday.

Brubeck died of heart failure on Wednesday morning after he fell ill on his way to a regular medical exam at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., a day short of his 92nd birthday, Gloyd said.

His Dave Brubeck Quartet put out one of the best selling jazz songs of all time: "Take Five," composed by alto saxophonist Paul Desmond. Like many of the group's works, it had an unusual beat -- 5/4 time as opposed to the usual 4/4.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: brubeck; davebrubeck; jazz; music; pauldesmond; takefive; timeout

1 posted on 12/05/2012 4:37:11 PM PST by Alaska Wolf
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To: Alaska Wolf
Brubeck's band doing Desmond's Take Five on YouTube, 1996.
2 posted on 12/05/2012 4:41:18 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: All

Take 5, Dave. RIP!


3 posted on 12/05/2012 4:41:26 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Brubeck and Desmond. It does not get better.


4 posted on 12/05/2012 4:43:21 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Alaska Wolf

One of the all time greats of American music, and a UOP grad. RIP.


5 posted on 12/05/2012 4:44:38 PM PST by stop_fascism (Love your country, but never trust its government - R.A. Heinlein)
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To: fhayek
Maybe I should have said that it doesn't get any better. Godspeed, Mr. Brubeck.
6 posted on 12/05/2012 4:45:21 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Zuben Elgenubi; Alaska Wolf

Thanks for the link; post. Condolences to Dave Brubeck’s family and friends.


7 posted on 12/05/2012 4:54:42 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Alaska Wolf
Me trying to play Take Five (audio recording) back in 1995. I was sending music to a German penpal then.
8 posted on 12/05/2012 5:01:20 PM PST by Stepan12
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To: Alaska Wolf

RIP famous CT resident. “Take Five!”


9 posted on 12/05/2012 5:14:23 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: stop_fascism

What is UOP? Thanks!


10 posted on 12/05/2012 5:15:28 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Best album cover EVER!

(when I was 13)

11 posted on 12/05/2012 5:16:10 PM PST by jaz.357 (Welcome to hell. Here's your accordion.)
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To: jaz.357
Best album cover EVER!

Definitely a 10. Beautiful teeth!

12 posted on 12/05/2012 5:24:15 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Stepan12
Me trying to play Take Five (audio recording) back in 1995. I was sending music to a German penpal then.

Well done. I attended a Brubeck concert in the 60s, but I was never a big fan of jazz.

13 posted on 12/05/2012 5:35:19 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Biggirl
What is UOP?

The University of the Pacific, in Stockton, Calif.

14 posted on 12/05/2012 5:41:14 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Alaska Wolf

bookmark


15 posted on 12/05/2012 5:56:00 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Alaska Wolf

I’ll take a post to say “thanks for the great music, Mr. Brubeck!”


16 posted on 12/05/2012 6:51:38 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Alaska Wolf

In fact, I’ll take two posts.


17 posted on 12/05/2012 6:52:09 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Alaska Wolf

No, three posts.


18 posted on 12/05/2012 6:52:37 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Alaska Wolf

No, four posts.


19 posted on 12/05/2012 6:53:15 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Alaska Wolf

What the heck...I’ll take five.


20 posted on 12/05/2012 6:54:53 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Alaska Wolf

IBHWA (In Before ‘He Was Amazing’!)


21 posted on 12/05/2012 6:57:37 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Alaska Wolf

He’s an artist, a pioneer
We’re gonna need some music
On the new frontier


22 posted on 12/05/2012 7:10:11 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Alaska Wolf

So sad. Watched this today and am still impressed by the quality of these musicians.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA5UEGKZoGA


23 posted on 12/05/2012 7:15:18 PM PST by Betis70 ("Leading from Behind" gets your Ambassador killed)
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To: edpc

Nice Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) reference. :)


24 posted on 12/05/2012 7:23:00 PM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: fhayek

I went into the Army in 1957 as a Rock & Roll fan, but after Basic, my advanced training put me in an outfit with mostly Joe College types.

It was one of those guys who put me onto progressive jazz, by introducing me to Brubeck and Desmond for openers, which led to Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Ella Fitzgerald, The Four Freshmen, Julie London, and many more I’ve forgotten. Great memories. Want to dig out my old vinyl albums!


25 posted on 12/05/2012 8:13:29 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Alaska Wolf
It was listening to Brubeck and Jimmy Smith that made me love jazz as a teenager. I only saw Brubeck live once, in 1972 when I was 18, with Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax. He lived as long as he did, in part because in 1944 he was pulled out of Patton's Third Army to play background piano for a Red Cross function in Paris. There he met Darius Milhaud, who had studied with Widor but who also loved American jazz, and for whom Dave named his son Darius. Darius Brubeck went to South Africa as apartheid was ending, and taught music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal for almost 20 years; one of his students was the singer Pamela (de Menezes) Myburgh of the girl-band duo The Arrows. Dave wrote the cantata “The Gates of Justice,” and today he went through those gates. I'm sure his Lord was able to take five and meet him.
26 posted on 12/05/2012 8:28:55 PM PST by chajin
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To: Biggirl

Tniversity of the Pacific. Actually, it was probably College of the Pacific when he attended its music conservatory.


27 posted on 12/06/2012 10:43:35 AM PST by stop_fascism (Love your country, but never trust its government - R.A. Heinlein)
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To: chajin
He played a concert in my high school in 1974 or 75. Our school had the best acoustics 2000 seat auditorium in the area. He was scheduled to play that night, and at the last minute added a couple hours during the day for the students. Was incredible, what a talent. That day they had fun. (also the place had an incredible smell of burning leaves all day).

When I play practice golf now always have him on in earphones. Helps as the rhythms keep changing.

28 posted on 12/06/2012 10:53:23 AM PST by Quick Shot
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