NBC News: Dave Brubeck, jazz great, dead at 91

5 12 2012


220px-Time_out_album_coverI couldn’t let this pass without mention. Dave Brubeck was a jazz legend, and I know him mostly from my father’s record collection. I remember buying my dad a CD of ‘Time Out,’ one of his favorite albums, for Christmas one year after he purchased our family’s first CD player. I doubt there’s a band student in America who hasn’t learned one of his tunes at some point.

Dave Brubeck was a true great, and will be sadly missed. I may have to give ‘Take Five’ a spin tonight as tribute.

– dEV

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Dave Brubeck, jazz great, dead at 91

By TODAY staff and wire servicesNBC News Logo

Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as “Take Five” caught listeners’ ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. He was 91.

Brubeck died Wednesday morning of heart failure after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son Darius, said his manager Russell Gloyd.

Gloyd told NBC News that Brubeck’s son noticed that something was wrong with his father on the way to the doctor’s appointment, called 911 while en route, and the two were met by medical personnel at the hospital.

“We couldn’t keep his heart going,” doctors told Brubeck’s son.

Gloyd noted that prior to Brubeck’s death, “He was getting tired; he was getting old. (But) he still had a great sense of humor.”

Brubeck would have turned 92 on Thursday.

Brubeck had a career that spanned almost all American jazz since World War II. He formed The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951 and was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine — on Nov. 8, 1954 — and he helped define the swinging, smoky rhythms of 1950s and ’60s club jazz.

The seminal album “Time Out,” released by the quartet in 1959, was the first ever million-selling jazz LP, and is still among the best-selling jazz albums of all time. It opens with “Blue Rondo a la Turk” in 9/8 time — nine beats to the measure instead of the customary two, three or four beats.

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