December 6, 2012 at 7:40 PMMy favorite tune from Dave Brubeck's seminal album, Take Five. Dave Brubeck died Wednesday at age nearly-92. Take a few minutes and listen to a little jazz this morning:
In terms of actually playing jazz piano Brubeck was greatly overshadowed by the likes of Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, and most of all Oscar Peterson.
"Time Out" sold tons of albums, but ultimately its musical impact boils down to the novelty of the odd time signatures of "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo Ala Turk." In my opinion "Strange Meadowlark" is a more interesting and creative song.
Brubeck will be remembered as a tireless cheerleader for jazz and a great supporter of younger players trying to find their way.
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