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12/5/2012 11:34:50 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Dave Brubeck, the jazz artist, composer and bandleader behind the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet, has died at age 91. Brubeck would have turned 92 tomorrow. His composition "Take Five" became a jazz standard and the bestselling jazz song of all time.

Brubeck, born Dec. 6, 1920, in Concord, California, was the son of a cattle rancher. His mother was a classically trained pianist. Although he studied zoology at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, he came to love the music department. While serving in the Army during World War II, Brubeck formed the band the Wolfpack. After the war in the Bay Area he experimented with music groups and styles.

In 1951 he and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond created what would become one of the most popular acts of West Coast jazz, the Dave Brubeck Quartet. The quartet's most famous song was "Take Five," from the 1959 release "Time Out.

During his career, Brubeck also created standards such as "The Duke" and "In Your Own Sweet Way."

Although jazz may not occupy the center of the musical universe, even people who know little, if anything, about jazz know of Brubeck:

"Through more than 60 years of recordings and performances at colleges, concert halls, festivals and nightclubs all over the world, Brubeck put forth a body of work " as pianist, composer and bandleader " that is as accessible as it is ingenious, as stress-free as it is rhythmically emphatic, as open-hearted as it is wide-ranging."
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12/5/2012 12:30:15 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Oh man, that's such a shame, he was a true legend, I have all of his albums on my ipod, gonna have to make it a Dave Brubeck week.

Unfortunately, I'm afraid his sons won't be able to carry forward the legacy. The only time I ever heard him play live, it was with his sons in Philadelphia, and I'm sad to say they just did not inherit the right stuff from Dad.
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