Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dave Brubeck

I must say I'm not a great Jazz fan and this kind of low key cocktail jazz with polite audience applause does nothing for me. One cannot deny though how Tom Hanks lookalike Dave won the hearts of many with his Take Five hit and spread the word of Jazz to the masses ( well, to a wider audience anyway )A picture sleeve single from the 60's I imagine...................................................................................... Wikipedia says - "David Warren "Dave" Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of progressive jazz. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities. His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the saxophone melody for the Dave Brubeck Quartet's best remembered piece, "Take Five", which is in 5/4 time and has endured as a jazz classic on one of the top-selling jazz albums, Time Out. Brubeck experimented with time signatures throughout his career, recording "Pick Up Sticks" in 6/4, "Unsquare Dance" in 7/4, "World's Fair" in 13/4, and "Blue Rondo à la Turk" in 9/8. He was also a respected composer of orchestral and sacred music, and wrote soundtracks for television such as Mr. Broadway and the animated mini-series This Is America, Charlie Brown."........................................................................................................................................................................Dave Brubeck - Lover............................................................................ Dave Brubeck - I'm In A Dancing Mood

2 comments:

Russell Duffy said...

Prefer hot and sweaty old time jazz but have to say Brubeck (Tom Hanks? With a slapped arse maybe!) did it for me with 'Take Five' way back when. This particular album sounds a tad dull though!

Wastedpapiers said...

Thanks for the comment Russell. Always good to get sensible feedback!