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Monday, December 13, 2010

A (still-)living legend

Dave Brubeck recently celebrated hios 90th birthday, so here is a clip of his quartet playing his greatest hit (written by alto player Paul Desmond). This was recorded in 1966 which must be about the time my brother took me to see Brubeck at the Manchester Free Trade Hall.

It was a small thrill a few years ago when my son, who was learning saxophone in school (and still plays it as well as drums) brought home Take Five to practise one week.

It seems strange now to read Steve Race's liner notes for Time Out (the album from which Take Five was taken):

Should some cool-minded Martian come to earth and check on the state of our music, he might play through 10,000 jazz records before he found one that wasn't in common 4/4 time.

Changed days...... but Brubeck has a lot to do with that.


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