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Dave Brubeck: A jazz icon
who reached a massive audience

Chicago Tribune, by Howard Reich

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Posted By:lazlototh, 12/5/2012 8:41:18 PM

Dave Brubeck changed the sound of jazz in profound ways, unexpectedly becoming something of a pop star in the process. Starting in the mid-1950s, in fact, he emerged as a symbol of jazz in America, and well beyond, gracing the cover of Time magazine in 1954 and selling more than a million copies of “Take Five” in 1960. To this day, the puckishly syncopated tune remains one of the most recognizable in jazz, though Brubeck didn’t write it – his alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond, did. Beneath the popular acclaim stood a brilliant, uncompromising composer-pianist who challenged conventional jazz

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RIP Mr. Brubeck. A life nicely lived, with gifts to the musical community forever. A lovely quote from one of his sons, too, about how he and his dad never had a rift because they had music in common.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 12/5/2012 8:56:11 PM     (No. 9050702)

Interesting as well is Brubeck´s account of his visit to the Soviet Union and the secret police officer who bought his albums.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: IowaDad, 12/5/2012 9:00:44 PM     (No. 9050705)

Take a long five, buddy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 12/5/2012 9:09:11 PM     (No. 9050713)

Loved his music and saw him a couple of times in NY and CA. Also mentioned Ramsey Lewis and he is another legend. His In Crowd is super.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: BruisedOrange, 12/5/2012 10:06:34 PM     (No. 9050760)

I probably have more Brubeck in my jazz collection than any other one artist. A true gentleman: soft in word, firm in conviction.

Maybe his greatest gift was the ability to make incredibly complicated music that was still accessible and enjoyable to the average ear. I think I´ll set aside all my Christmas music for the next few days and have a private Brubeck marathon.

Can´t help but think of Pelosi´s idea of an economy "where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance."

Compare that to Brubeck´s formula for achieving truly international artistic success:
grow up on a farm, fight a world war, have your music forbidden by your college, play every dive and joint that´ll pay--but still keep family the most important value in your life. And he did.

A long life, well lived Mr. Brubeck. Thank you for more than I can convey.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fiddle ed, 12/5/2012 10:41:52 PM     (No. 9050786)

As a young musician of early teenage years, I was so cool to play in 5/4 time. It´s still cool.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Yephora, 12/5/2012 11:00:05 PM     (No. 9050799)

In the 1960´s nothing was more pleasing to the jazz ear than the Brubeck-Paul Desmond sound.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/5/2012 11:25:01 PM     (No. 9050821)

He was a great musician. And every second hand story I´ve heard says he was a good and gracious man.

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Dave Brubeck changed the sound of jazz in profound ways, unexpectedly becoming something of a pop star in the process. Starting in the mid-1950s, in fact, he emerged as a symbol of jazz in America, and well beyond, gracing the cover of Time magazine in 1954 and selling more than a million copies of “Take Five” in 1960. To this day, the puckishly syncopated tune remains one of the most recognizable in jazz, though Brubeck didn’t write it – his alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond, did. Beneath the popular acclaim stood a brilliant, uncompromising composer-pianist who challenged conventional jazz



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