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R.I.P. Dave Brubeck

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Jazz musician and composer Dave Brubeck died this morning due to heart failure. If you don't know the musician, you know his works, such as the classic "Take Five." Shown here is the song performed in Berlin in 1966, with Brubeck on the piano.

Throughout his career, Brubeck defied conventions long imposed on jazz musicians. The tricky meters he played in “Take Five” and other works transcended standard conceptions of swing rhythm.

The extended choral/symphonic works he penned and performed around the world took him well outside the accepted boundaries of jazz. And the concerts he brought to colleges across the country in the 1950s shattered the then-long-held notion that jazz had no place in academia.

Read more about the jazz pioneer in his obituary at the Chicago tribune. Brubeck would have turned 92 years old tomorrow. Link -via Metafilter


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Any church-goers around here? There's a song that comes up in mass that is 5/4 and has a melody that's a lot like "Take Five". A quick google finds "Sing of the Lord's Goodness" by Ernest Sands. Trying to keep up with the culture?

Also: 5+4=9. 5-4-1. Brubeck died at age 91. Whoa. Take five, sir.
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