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(Chicago Trib)   Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, 91, takes five   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 151
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2012-12-05 04:06:57 PM
Five?

He took ∞.

/submitted w/better headline
 
2012-12-05 04:07:21 PM

theorellior: and it's not as if Desmond Morris isn't well-known, so it's something of a wash.


Desmond Morris? Total FAIL. Although it's pretty geeky to mix up a jazz saxophonist and the author of "The Naked Ape", so there's that.
 
2012-12-05 04:09:13 PM
it's sad, but what's worse is that his drummer, Joe Morello, died last year. One of the most amazing drummers ever. Check out the 75 y.o. blind high hat love at about 1:40

Link
 
2012-12-05 04:09:39 PM
Dave Brubeck was one of my all time favourite musicians. Hearing Time Out for the first time when I was in grade 9 completely blew my mind and was a huge influence on me musically. I'm extremely glad I had the opportunity to see him play in 2009. He still had mad chops, even into his late 80's. He will most definitely be missed.
 
2012-12-05 04:12:01 PM
I saw him in 2004 at Van Wezel, Sarasota. And it was SPECTACULAR!
 
2012-12-05 04:17:00 PM

ProfessorTomoe: I hear you're mad about Brubeck
I like your eyes I like him too
He's an artist a pioneer
We've got to have some music on the new frontier


You, my friend, are clearly reading my farking brain-waves!!!!


/great album, great song, Nightfly FTW.
 
2012-12-05 04:17:01 PM
Whenever I see Brubeck's name, I'm always reminded of that David Sedaris essay in Me Talk Pretty One Day where his father takes him to see Brubeck concert. This leads his pops to start a family band consisting of Dave and his siblings, sending the former to take guitar lessons from a midget.

/Take Five!
 
2012-12-05 04:18:07 PM
oldfarthenry: My aloof hep-cat demeanour is riding a blue train to squaresville at this bummer news - ya dig, daddios?

That should've been the headline, right there!
 
2012-12-05 04:23:48 PM
I remember my parents playing Take Five on the Zenith hi-fi console, as a young boy in the 60's.
I also remember the album cover and thinking "WTF am I looking at?"

/RIP Dave
 
2012-12-05 04:28:34 PM
When I was a kid learning to play drums, jazz made no sense to me...until I heard Dave Brubeck.

Brubeck helped me understand both the structure found in jazz and how to bend that structure to your liking - "Take Five" in 5/4? "Blue Rondo Ala Turk" in 9/8? To a 16 year old kid, it was mind-blowing.

Brubeck helped me to understand and appreciate Miles and Coltrane, in particular, and I am forever in his debt for that.

Plus, he introduced me to Joe Morello - BEST. DRUMMER. EVER. If you've ever wondered why drummers like John Bonham, Ginger Baker, and Keith Moon praised Joe Morello's playing, watch this video!
 
2012-12-05 04:43:51 PM

Forsythe P. Jones: It is sad. C+P of a message of mine to a dear friend earlier today:

Yeah, it was kind of sad to me about Dave Brubeck passing. Felt like I lost one of my last tenuous links to my late dad..Y'know how now people carry all their music and devices and stuff. Dad took his jazz LP albums with him wherever we went around the world..Dave Brubeck was his fave, and heard him all the time growing up. I can still see Dad, wherever we where, with a cold glass of Schlitz and a Pall Mall sitting quiet after he got out of Air Force duty for the day and playing his albums on a record player outside on the patio.
I ended up with all of them. So..yeah, just sad a piece of my growing up and Dad listening to his Dave Brubeck All happy and stuff to be home... That kind of thing. Kinda lost something.


... getting a little dusty in here. Replace AF with Army, Schlitz with Miller High Life, and that's my dad's story. Never thought Brubeck would outlive him.
 
2012-12-05 04:47:26 PM
 
2012-12-05 04:50:27 PM

bigbabysurfer:
Plus, he introduced me to Joe Morello - BEST. DRUMMER. EVER. If you've ever wondered why drummers like John Bonham, Ginger Baker, and Keith Moon praised Joe Morello's playing, watch this video!


Morello was one of a couple of drummers from that era who had a knack for fitting odd times into the music - but never overwhelming the song. Think of Milt Turner on Ray Charles' "What'd I say?" with that weird conga.

Those guys were BEASTS.
 
2012-12-05 04:51:24 PM

tbriggs: I have always been amazed by the way he was able to play jazz with one time signature and key for each hand. The original man with two brains.


Another player with that uncanny 2-brained thing going is The Band's keyboardist, Garth Hudson. Bizarre how he can play two seemingly unrelated parts simultaneously, never looking at either hand. And I'm not saying counterpoint....I saw a clip of him doing this 2-brained thing and it was astounding.

In the immortal words of Levon Helm: "It's easy when ya know how."

I frequently play Blue Rondo & Take 5 during breaks when my band has a gig. Brubeck was an institution.
 
2012-12-05 04:52:34 PM
RIP Mr Brubeck.

Tonight I'll dig out my LP of "Jazz impressions of New York", I think.
 
2012-12-05 05:09:40 PM

Another Government Employee: lilistonic: markie_farkie: I hear you're mad about Brubeck,

Charlie Freak: I like your eyes, I liked him, too.

My dad loved Brubeck. And he loved Steely Dan. When he died three years ago, "Take Five" was his ringtone.

My dad was kind of crap as a dad in many ways, but he gave me my soundtrack. Really, really good stuff.

So, thanks Dave. Thanks, Dad, for Dave. Rest in peace.

"Learn to work
The saxophone
And I'll Play
Just what I feel.
Drink Scotch whiskey
All night long
And die behind the wheel."


Ohhh, we listened to that every morning for awhile. And then there was "Peg."

Tonight I will listen to both Jazz in Oberlin and Aja, and lift a glass to them all.
 
2012-12-05 05:14:49 PM
RIP sir. Your contribution to American music was incredible. btw those who scorn jazz are simply ignorant to its far reaching influences on all of today's "music". Don't hate, be open minded!
 
2012-12-05 05:22:34 PM
My grandmother worked with Cal Tjader, so when he became Brubeck's drummer, I was brought along to the Black Hawk for Brubeck's octet rehearsals, later to the early quartet ones. Desmond was with him for both groups. So I was digging Brubeck's music since before I can remember. Too many great San Francisco Bay Area pianists have passed.
 
2012-12-05 05:35:20 PM

thorthor: RIP sir. Your contribution to American music was incredible. btw those who scorn jazz are simply ignorant to its far reaching influences on all of today's "music". Don't hate, be open minded!


You are so wrong.
jazz is a four letter word best left unspoken.
& unheard.
Music for people who don't like music.

BTW RIP Dave. I have a friend who worships your work.
 
2012-12-05 05:36:32 PM
You know how Indie Rock guys have Heavy Metal hidden on their iPod?

Metalheads have Jazz hidden on theirs.

R.I.P. Mr. Brubeck, I'm hoisting one in your honor tonight.
 
2012-12-05 05:38:19 PM

ccsears: it's sad, but what's worse is that his drummer, Joe Morello, died last year. One of the most amazing drummers ever. Check out the 75 y.o. blind high hat love at about 1:40

Link


That recovery after losing a stick at about 3:30 was pretty sick.
 
2012-12-05 05:42:22 PM

Jedekai: You know how Indie Rock guys have Heavy Metal hidden on their iPod?

Metalheads have Jazz hidden on theirs.

R.I.P. Mr. Brubeck, I'm hoisting one in your honor tonight.


indie rock guys are kinda too stupid to know what jazz is.
 
2012-12-05 05:44:53 PM
i.imgur.com

Oh,oh-oh! You see, the kids these days, they listen to the rap music, which gives them the brain damage. With the hippin' and the hoppin' and the bippin' and the boppin', they don't know what the jazz is all about. Y'see, jazz is like Jello pudding... no, that's not it. Jazz is like Kodak film... no, that's not right neither. I've got it, jazz is like the new Coke - it'll be around forever.
 
2012-12-05 06:04:26 PM
lh5.ggpht.com

RIP Devistating Dave the Turntable Slave.
 
2012-12-05 06:04:37 PM

Rwa2play: Another Government Employee: Pants full of macaroni!!: Slartibeerfest: I swear I knew what the headline would be the moment I heard he had passed.

I opted for the album title (Time Out) in my rejected headline.

/"Blue Rondo a la Turk" is pretty jammin'

Mine was similar (Time Completely Out).

He's is now doing an Unsquare Dance on the other side.

Hope the first people he sees on the other side are 'Bird, Trane, Satchmo, & Dizz. Then they'll go jam somewhere for all the people to see.

/RIP Dave


And then I hope he looks down at Nixon and says, "Need a glass of water down there, Mr. President?"

Evidently Nixon hated Brubeck's playing; when looking for a jazz pianist for a White House function, Nixon issued a note to his staff essentially saying "anyone but Brubeck." Brubeck found out about this years later from a book of Nixon's letters and laughed his ass off at it.

\hope Nixon wound up with Cecil Taylor
 
2012-12-05 06:34:17 PM
Shiat. I was just listening to him today at work.

RIP, Jazzy man.
 
2012-12-05 06:44:57 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: Jedekai: You know how Indie Rock guys have Heavy Metal hidden on their iPod?

Metalheads have Jazz hidden on theirs.

R.I.P. Mr. Brubeck, I'm hoisting one in your honor tonight.

indie rock guys are kinda too stupid to know what jazz is.


Mostly. I've met a few that aren't. In Missoula, MT of all Hipster-infested places.
 
2012-12-05 06:51:59 PM

Ebenator: Way to go for the most obvious and predictable headline, subby.


He might be secretly alive, the news did originate from Chicago.
 
2012-12-05 06:59:43 PM

Another Government Employee: lilistonic: markie_farkie: I hear you're mad about Brubeck,

Charlie Freak: I like your eyes, I liked him, too.

My dad loved Brubeck. And he loved Steely Dan. When he died three years ago, "Take Five" was his ringtone.

My dad was kind of crap as a dad in many ways, but he gave me my soundtrack. Really, really good stuff.

So, thanks Dave. Thanks, Dad, for Dave. Rest in peace.

"Learn to work
The saxophone
And I'll Play
Just what I feel.
Drink Scotch whiskey
All night long
And die behind the wheel."


yacht-rock like typing detected.
 
2012-12-05 07:02:57 PM

thorthor: RIP sir. Your contribution to American music was incredible. btw those who scorn jazz are simply ignorant to its far reaching influences on all of today's "music". Don't hate, be open minded!


Not only ignorant of the far-reaching influence but also ignorant of the wealth of classical music upon which it is built and the incredible skill required to improvise on a theme and a chord progression and make it sound good. You could listen to Brubeck a dozen times and it was always fresh and different while the core remained the same. Having dabbled in jazz, the knowledge of theory required to become a decent jazz musician never ceased to amaze (and confound) me.

Brubeck had the added advantage of being an incredible person. He would have been a great man if he never put his hands on a piano.  Maybe not as famous, but just as great.
 
2012-12-05 07:22:47 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: Jedekai: You know how Indie Rock guys have Heavy Metal hidden on their iPod?

Metalheads have Jazz hidden on theirs.

R.I.P. Mr. Brubeck, I'm hoisting one in your honor tonight.

indie rock guys are kinda too stupid to know what jazz is.


They know what it is. They just think it's carp.
& they'd be right.
 
2012-12-05 07:39:34 PM

Joelogon: Ebenator: Way to go for the most obvious and predictable headline, subby.

You can twist yourself up trying to shoehorn something like, "St. Peter welcomes Dave Brubeck to the Brandenburg Gate," or "Blue Rondo A La Dead," but sometimes the simplest is best.

What was your contribution, maestro?

/stubmitter 
//Saw Brubeck in... 2002? in Rahway, NJ of all places. Yes, at least one person was calling out "Take Five!" Free Bird-style


Mine was "Dave Brubeck goes in his own sweet way." Maybe not the best, but I'm certain there were dozens of "Take Five" headlines.

I saw him a few years ago at the Kennedy Center with Ramsey Lewis. Two old men put on the funkiest performance I ever did see. RIP, Jazz Man.
 
2012-12-05 07:40:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1jWlpMQW3Y
 
2012-12-05 07:47:05 PM
I don't trust people who don't like jazz.

/or Seinfeld, which has a jazzy riff.
 
2012-12-05 08:05:09 PM
I saw him about five years ago. One of the highlights of my life. Thank you, Mr. Brubeck.
 
2012-12-05 08:23:41 PM

GypsyJoker: Rwa2play: Another Government Employee: Pants full of macaroni!!: Slartibeerfest: I swear I knew what the headline would be the moment I heard he had passed.

I opted for the album title (Time Out) in my rejected headline.

/"Blue Rondo a la Turk" is pretty jammin'

Mine was similar (Time Completely Out).

He's is now doing an Unsquare Dance on the other side.

Hope the first people he sees on the other side are 'Bird, Trane, Satchmo, & Dizz. Then they'll go jam somewhere for all the people to see.

/RIP Dave

And then I hope he looks down at Nixon and says, "Need a glass of water down there, Mr. President?"

Evidently Nixon hated Brubeck's playing; when looking for a jazz pianist for a White House function, Nixon issued a note to his staff essentially saying "anyone but Brubeck." Brubeck found out about this years later from a book of Nixon's letters and laughed his ass off at it.

\hope Nixon wound up with Cecil Taylor


Better: Nixon would up with Miles Davis.

/he was known as "The Prince of Darkness" so...
 
2012-12-05 09:11:50 PM
There was a comment in the 'which decade and why thread' that I read just yesterday that said 50's for all the great jazz, and listed off a few greats, but not Brubeck. My first thought was "you missed one"... Now we all will.

/and just one day shy of 92...
//going to listen to Legacy of a Legend later.
 
2012-12-05 10:01:49 PM
was not online for most of the day and actually had "Time Further Out" playing at my desk this afternoon before hearing the news. just called my dad, who's a big fan, and he's very sad about it.
 
2012-12-05 10:10:53 PM

theorellior: Pours out a little of my forty for my homie.

I wish more songs were in 5/4 time. More "groundbreaking" artists should try it. I'm looking at you, Lady Gaga and Adele.


My favorite Pop/Rock song is spin the Bottle by Juliana Hatfield. When I first heard it, I noticed it had this weird swing to it. It took me a long time to work out that what I was hearing was in 5/4. I really grooved it then. I later learned that Hatfield, who went to the Berkelee school of music, had been inspired by the time signatures on Time Out.

I miss Dave already. RIP Jazz guy.
 
2012-12-05 10:45:56 PM
I think Take Five was one of the first songs I really learned back when I was playing bass in a jazz group in high school. It was my introduction to 5/4, and I loved it. Later on I picked up Time Out, and was enthralled by Blue Rondo A La Turk.

/RIP Mr. Brubeck
//Really appreciating the Nightfly references in this thread
 
2012-12-05 11:31:59 PM
Ooh....a jazz thread.

//rubs hands together, twirls Simon Legree 'stache
//just kidding. Not this time, jazz fans.
 
2012-12-06 12:03:25 AM
:(

I saw him perform at the Hollywood Bowl several years ago...he was awesome.
 
2012-12-06 12:21:41 AM
www.uncut.co.uk

RIP Dave Brubeck
 
2012-12-06 01:09:53 AM
Sonny Rollins still lives.
 
2012-12-06 04:29:29 AM

Deucednuisance: Spoken like a man who's never played a note in his life.

But here's a hint: most ensemble "jazz" is scored, it's not nearly as improvised as you think Even Dixieland, which is highly improvisational, has some pretty strict rules about who does what and when.


This. One of the fun things about Dixie music is that while it pretty much expects the musicians to cut loose and do their own thing at some point, it still has a written and defined melody as well as where you can faff about. Though I do admit that some of the pieces we had the most fun with were the ones that were pretty much nothing more than the chord progression and where things repeated. Otherwise, you were free to have fun and just go crazy. Took us years to get that good, but once we did, damn it came out good. I loved playing traditional and Dixie jazz, but can't stand just listening to it. Big Band and "smooth" if I'm just listening.

/used to be in a jazz ensemble
//still miss it sometimes
///respect the hell out of pro jazz artists
 
2012-12-06 04:57:29 AM

SomeTexan: theorellior: Pours out a little of my forty for my homie.

I wish more songs were in 5/4 time. More "groundbreaking" artists should try it. I'm looking at you, Lady Gaga and Adele.

My favorite Pop/Rock song is spinWhiskey in the Bottle by Julianaames Haetfield. When I first heard it, I noticed it had this weird swing to it. It took me a long time to work out that what I was hearing was in 5/4. I really grooved it then. I later learned that Hatfield, who went to the Berkelee school of music, had been inspired by the time signatures on Time Out.

I miss Dave already. RIP Jazz guy.

 
2012-12-06 07:35:19 AM

Devolving_Spud: [www.uncut.co.uk image 604x388]

RIP Dave Brubeck


Thats donald fagen - which in the spirit of the meme isn't close to brubeck.
 
2012-12-06 08:34:25 AM
There are two required albums to listen to for anyone interested in jazz: Kind of Blue, and Time Out.
 
2012-12-06 11:01:39 AM
Dave was responsible for my love of jazz. First jazz record I ever bought was a worn copy of "Time Out" in a thrift 30-some years ago. I've been a jazz nut ever since, and though I have a collection of more than a couple thousand jazz albums, "Time Out" is still a favorite of mine. A classic, right up there with Miles' "Kind Of Blue", & Coltrane's "Giant Steps".

plewis

"I'd say I'm bummed, but how could I be? Guy was awesome, had an awesome life, left an awesome legacy of truly innovative music, what the hell else was he going to do? Get sad and old (but never unhip)? He couldn't have been more honored in his field. Take a bow, Dave. We will miss you, but I can't be sad, I still have the best part of you on vinyl."

Well said. Very few live as long and do as much as Dave. A life well-lived. Thanks for the music, Dave.
 
2012-12-06 11:09:34 AM

drumsac: Sonny Rollins still lives.


And a damn good thing, too. One of the all-time greats.

See him live while you have a chance (if you do). His like may not be seen again in our lifetimes.
 
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