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Dave Brubeck: 5 Little-Known Facts About the ‘Take Five’ Jazz Pianist
Posted By Patrick Kiger On December 5, 2012 @ 3:22 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
A 1954 cover story in Time magazine  described Dave Brubeck as “a wigging cat with a far-out wail,” in a cringe-worthy attempt to approximate the hep lingo of the jazz aficionados who crowded into his performances in the smoky bohemian nightclubs of the day. But audiences flocked to see Brubeck at Carnegie Hall and other highbrow settings, too.
Brubeck, who died at age 92 on Dec. 4  in Connecticut, was one of the biggest stars in the history of jazz. His Dave Brubeck Quartet scored the first-ever million-selling jazz LP, Time Out, in 1959, and his signature song “Take Five” actually crossed over onto the Billboard pop charts in 1961. Brubeck was a musical innovator who incorporated unorthodox rhythms into his work and infused jazz piano with classical influences, playing with what Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich  calls “an elegance of tone and phrase that supposedly were the antithesis of the American sound.” But he also expanded the boundaries of the jazz idiom, composing and performing choral and orchestral works that challenged people’s preconceptions as well.
Here are five intriguing facts about one of American culture’s great treasures:
Here’s a 1966 video of Brubeck and his band performing “Take Five” in Germany.
Photo: Brubeck Collection, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
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 1954 cover story in Time magazine: http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,857657,00.html
 Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/dbp-58-121-quartet-with-Benjamin-Large1.png
 died at age 92 on Dec. 4: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/12/05/us/ap-us-obit-brubeck.html
 Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-dave-brubeck-dead-20121205,0,7126256.column
 Brubeck biographer Fred Hall: http://books.google.com/books?id=TVUx7iTyayAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Dave+Brubeck&hl=en&sa=X&ei=y4e_UNSxC8mC0QGZ_YCYCg&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Dave%20Brubeck&f=false
 Why Jazz? A Concise Guide: http://books.google.com/books?id=pl9DoDd3_joC&printsec=frontcover&dq=village+voice+jazz+critic+dave+brubeck&hl=en&sa=X&ei=foi_UNSDKoyN0QHpvICAAg&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=brubeck&f=false
 died last year at age 82: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/arts/music/joe-morello-drummer-with-dave-brubeck-quartet-dies-at-82.html
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faJE92phKzI
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