Dave Brubeck – A great has died

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  1. Ken Rhodes says:

    What a wonderful album that is! Unfinished Woman is terrific. Take Five is long enough to cook a steak on the grill, pop a couple of potatoes in the microwave, toss the salad, open the wine, and bring it all to the table. Sweet Georgia Brown is just enough to tickle you before it ends. And you can buy the entire album on iTunes for four bucks.

    Think what a wrenching loss it must have been to Brubeck to lose Paul Desmond so young, and Gerry Mulligan at a relatively early age too.

    Thank you for rekindling those memories.

  2. Shag from Brookline says:

    This is a reminder of the greatness of jazz and its diversity. Dave Brubeck in a Ken Burns documentary discussed his GI experience in Europe during WW II where he entertained our troops (at the order of a General who wanted to preserve Brubeck’s talents), with groups that included African-Americans, then after the War lamenting that here in America restrictions existed in certain parts of our nation on the mixing of such diverse talents in jazz bands. We’ve come a long way since then. I was thrilled when Roxbury’s (where I grew up) own Alan Dawson joined Brubeck’s quartet. (Dawson was often at the drums at Connolly’s on Tremont Street entertaining mixed audiences. We knew his talent would be recognized.)

    We have Brubeck’s recordings to listen to, each with our own interpretations, that may vary from generation to generation, to last a long time. We haven’t forgotten Louis Armstrong and the legion of other great jazz musicians no long with us, because they have left us a beautiful trail of their works. I can just hear the “Saints” jamming on Brubeck’s arrival wherever these greats end up – I want that as my destination, in time, 5/4, or whatever.

  3. Deven says:

    Saints in 5/4. Well said.